On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the LORD in remembrance, take no rest (Isaiah 62:6 ESV).
Silence dominate the halls of the church in America. The halls of our great churches echo niceties and prosperity messages; a veil is continuously over the eyes of the people. The prophets shake their heads in dismay as christian leaders fail time and again to sound the alarms; yes, even as the enemy sets up battering ramps against the church. Darkness has crept into the church; the walls have been breached and it is as if the church has decided to cower in the corners of fear and trembling. Such a spirit we were not given. “We are the light of the world” seems to be a distant memory to far too many of us.
The day is fast approaching and is already here. Terror has entered the gates; the enemy is in our midst. Saints are losing their lives just for being christians; men, women, and children are being slaughtered for declaring their faith in Jesus Christ. They are unwavering in their faith and uncompromising in their loyalty to the One Who gave it all to bare our sins.
The days of lavish comforts are drawing to a close. The armies of the great dragon has marched against us and have set their camps in our midst. The great harlot has seduced many and still others continue to fall for her lies. We are drunk with the deceptively sweet wine of the world and full from the tasty morsels of poison that is slowly killing us.
The tables are turning; persecution is again becoming the norm for christians. As it was, so shall it be again but rejoice, lift up your eyes and pay attention to the light bursting through the dark clouds. The time of the gentiles is at an end; the light has again shifted to the apple of His eye. Israel, the glorious land is about to have the veil lifted.
The watchmen have received their instructions and have taken their posts. The priests of God are declaring his message; the spirit of Elijah has returned to Israel. The prophets are again declaring the judgements of our God. Still, the people do not listen. Once again we have stopped our ears from hearing and our eyes from seeing. Once again God’s messengers are told to take their message to another people.
The nations have been exposed; America’s nakedness has been revealed and her shame has gone up to God. The watchmen have sounded the alarms but the church has taken the lead in the retreat. Still others have aligned with the darkness. Their riches have been cast down and their pride brought low. The tower of defiance is cast down and babel is again judged. They continue to look within for the answer but “the fools says in his heart there is no God”; like a child they have foolishness bound up in their hearts but the rod of correction has been left to rot in our steeples. The Lord laughs at our arrogance; He strikes the land with the sword of His mouth and breaks down the gates of the enemy. We have become exceptionally sinful; we walk continuously in the counsel of the ungodly, we stand continuously in the path of sinners, and have set our place in the seat of scoffers.
It is time for the church of Jesus Christ to stand up and shine our light. It is time to unite and declare the truth and judgements of the Lord. It is time! The Fig tree has blossomed.
For every warning of judgement there is a message of hope and repentance. God wants us to turn from our sins and return to Him; He wants us to come before Him and say:
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your Lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done this evil in Your sight – that you may be found just when You speak and blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity and in my sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your presence and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners shall be converted to You.
Open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise for you do not desire sacrifices, or I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise.
Taken from Psalm 51 (NKJV)
To an apostate, Godless, pridefull, self-righteous, self-reliant, and deceived people!
The Mighty One, God the Lord, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; A fire shall devour before Him and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. He shall call to the heavens from above and to the earth, that He may judge His people; “Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice”. Let the heavens declare His righteousness for God Himself is Judge.
“Hear, O My people, and I will speak. O Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God! I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are continually before me. I will not take a bull from your house, nor a goat out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is mine, and all its fullness.
Offer to God thanksgiving and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me”.
But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth. seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brothers, you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I kept silent; You thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you and set them in order before your eyes.
Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces and there be none to deliver; Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God”.
Taken from Psalm 50 (NKJV)
All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats (Matt 25:32).
I have been considering the times when I didn’t speak up about something or when my presence somewhere gave a sense of approval to what is taking place. This world seems to cling to perception as reality; some even say that perception is reality. It is for reasons like this that I believe we christians should be mindful of our actions and inactions. If we ride the tide of popular thought and worldly trends, we must also be prepared to crash into a shore line and be brought low. God has set His boundaries in place and we are not exempt from them; our thoughts, words, and deeds have consequences and we must exercise our free will in a manner that is pleasing before God.
With so many things happening around the world and so many voices giving their “professional” opinions, it is easy to get caught up in political and social matters. It is easy to be swept away in the tide of opinions that have no basis on the word of God. It is time for christians to put away religion and denomination and really stand on His word. It is time for unity in the body of Christ.
Yet, I submit to you that what I am seeing is unity in division. The church is being divided as many walk away from the inherency of scripture and this is causing unity among the faithful. I have had to consider my own positioning; where I stand and what I believe and weigh them with what the word says. This I have to do daily because I do not profess to know all that is written nor do I still comprehend it all. So in prayer, by studying, and in fellowship I seek to know God’s will and make an effort to apply it to my life daily.
So to what have we submitted our approval by either not speaking up or by simply showing up? I don’t expect many to agree on this but our silence and or presence speaks a reality of approval to a world that is lost and tries to justify everything to satisfy itself. So as I consider where and how I can take a stand for right, based on the inherent word of God, I ask you to do the same.
I am reminded that we sometimes show up out of disapproval but often without a message of love and hope. We cannot stand in opposition to a lost world simply to condemn them with our words. We are not to judge but to love and to share the hope that is in Jesus. So as we stand on the word, and as we hold fast to our faith, let us do so in love and be ready to share the gospel with all who are drawn to it by the Holy Spirit.
Yet, we must stand. We must not let perception be reality but instead the reality of our faith must disarm perception and allow the light of Christ to shine through us. Let our actions be the proof of what we say with our lips and our lips say what we believe in our hearts. All this we must weigh in the scales of scripture. I pray this day that as we continually weigh our thoughts, words, and deeds that we will not be found wanting but that they will be found balanced in the scale of righteousness.
My prayer for myself and all of us is that we will not allow our silence to speak for what we know to be true and right but that we will speak the truth in love. That our presence will not be seen as neither approval nor judgement but that we will hold up the banner of 1 John 3:16, “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren”.