The Spirit of Prophecy

“And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.” – Matthew 17:10-13

In Jewish culture there is an understanding that Elijah will return before the great and terrible day of the Lord. A great day for those who’s hope and faith is in the Lord and a very terrible day for the unbelieving and fearful. Jesus stood between us and this judgment, being our intercessor, “the one who stands between”. Therefore, his disciples asked Him, if this be so then where is Elijah. To which He states that the spirit of Elijah had come in John the Baptist.

So will it be again at the final judgment, that God will send two prophets to preach repentance and point men to Jesus who is their only way of escape from it. But also is it with every minor judgment also. The Spirit of Elijah is the spirit of Prophecy and always points to Jesus. God never does anything without revealing it to some degree through His servants the prophets first. His justice demands it. He always gives space for repentance, for He delights in mercy. He sent Elijah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Malachi, John the Baptist, even Jesus Himself, and He still does the same today. He sends words and warnings through His faithful servants even though most refuse to hear it and even jeer them for it.

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” – Matthew 5:11-12

There comes a flash point at which man begins to walk in the consequences of their sin and the church begins to walk in the consequences of their tolerance of it. Their decadence, their compromise, their lack of faithfulness, their preaching of lies, a people who claim the name of God but do not do His works. A people spotted by the flesh, salt that no longer can preserve the earth.

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” – Matthew 5:13

This comes when the preaching of repentance is no longer tolerated. When men determine to make their own way. When they worship a god of their own creating. When pride and selfishness are encouraged from the pulpits. Yet God in His justice and love of mercy always raises up those faithful few who are willing to be hated by the masses to tell you the truth. The spirit of Elijah, the John the Baptists, those undesirable servants preaching in the wilderness, “repent, because Jesus is coming and it will be a day of both rejoicing and of judgment.”

“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he (Jesus) that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” – Revelation 19:10-11

Hanging Haman

“Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king’s damage. Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so? And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen. And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.” – Esther 7:3-7

Ester is the perfect picture of an intercessor. She fasted, she prayed, she took time to honor and build a relationship with the King. Then she made her petitions known. She pleaded on behalf of others who would be destroyed if she kept silent and because of her willingness to do all of this, the King stepped into the situation.

The passage tells us that the King rose up from the banquet of wine in wrath. Wine is often tied with wrath in God’s divine imagery in scripture, and mercy to the oppressed often comes in wrath against the oppressors. This story very clearly demonstrates this divine justice against the unashamedly wicked. Haman has plotted and planned great wickedness against God’s children. He had risen up against them in envy and hatred and was in the process of devising a means to systematically kill them by government decree. Yet Ester was willing to intercede, to “stand between”. To fast, pray, and plead with the King for a reprieve and when her cry came in into Him, hear heard it and was wroth against those who perpetrated it.

With just one word from the King, was everything that Haman planning for God’s children, turned back against him. The very plots and plans he had devised were used to bring about his own demise. How much more able and willing, is our God and King to do the same thing? To take what the enemy meant for harm and use it for good? To dethrone those that opposed His will, people, and plan for them.

Oh where are the Esters in the land? The intercessors, the highly favored ones? What the enemy has painstakingly done over can be undone in a moment, with just one decree from the King of Kings! With one word Haman will be hanged on the very Gallos that he build for God’s anointed and many lives saved in the process. But it all depends on the Esters, the intercessors, the favored fasting prayers. Spend some time honoring the King, sit and sup with Him, then make your petition known. It can change everything, as it has many times before.

“And Harbona, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.” – Esther 7:9-10

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

The Furnace of Affliction

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” – 2 Peter 1:1-10

For the gold or silver smith, the furness brings the impurities hidden in the workman’s material to the surface. For the human it is often the furness of affliction that brings hidden impurities to the surface as well. Pride, selfishness, greed, ambition, vain glory, unbelief, a desire for attention. All of these things surface quickly when the heat and pressure are turned up.

Therefor does God take us through trial and tribulation to purify His bride and make her ready for the day of His returning when the secrets of all hearts will be revealed.

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” – Ephesians 5:25-27

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” – Titus 2:11-14

Our opening passage says that both grace and peace are multiplied to us through the knowledge of God. It is in these times in the furness that our knowledge of Him is tested. Do we know what He said in His word or to us personally in the place of prayer? Will we stand on it and not be shaken when all else around us is? Will we wait patiently for His deliverance, however it may come? Will we take matters into our own hands and mess His plans up? Will we try to climb to the top and leave others in the dust in the process? Will we act in fear rather then minister faith and grace? What will come to the surface when the heat is turned up a bit? Do you truly know the word of God and will you stand on it?

The passage continues to say that maintaining our faith in this knowledge will lead us to demonstrate the virtue that He has made available to us through the life changing blood of Jesus in the midst of these trying times. To be shining lights in the darkness. To be a reminder of the glory of heaven while surrounded by the elements of hell. Showing that they have lost their power over the soul who’s hope is truly in the Lord, and in Him alone.

Therefor is it important to be very diligence, in the furness when the pressure is on, to recognize and allow the Great Craftsmen of our soul to remove those impurities as they surface that you might add to your previous measure of faith, virtue; and to your virtue, also increase in knowledge; and to knowledge, obtain temperance; and to temperance, grow in patience; and to patience, manifest more godliness; and to godliness, demonstrate brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, offer charity.

These virtues will demonstrate the character of Christ to the world. His Spirit will flow in these good fruits through you to nourish and strengthen those around you. This is the true power of the Kingdom of God that is available to us here now and we must ever fight to maintain it. To contend for the faith that was once given us, as Paul put it. To allow the furness of affliction to purify and mold us, rather then to harden us.

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he (the Antichrist) corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel 11:32

The passage closes with this warning that if we forget these things then we will become blind, short sighted, and easily ensnared by the enemy. We are warned to be diligent to maintain our calling and purpose, that we not fall away from it for lies, flattery, and an easier life; but rather keep our focus on producing these things, which are Manifestations of Christ in me!

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, fixing you eyes upon Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” – Hebrews 12:1-3

My friend, I assure you of this. If you focus on the fire, on the furness, on the storm, and you will sink like Peter did! When we do this we must immediately repent and be pulled back to the place of being focused on Jesus! Keep your eyes on Christ and you will walk in the fire and not be destroyed like the three Hebrew boys. Only that which held them back was burned away in their furness of affliction as they got to know Jesus more intently then anything they had ever experienced outside of it.

Search your heart today. What lies inside that needs to be Circumcised? What comes to the surface when the fire is heated seven times hotter? Pride, greed, ambition, selfishness, arrogance? Or virtue, knowledge, faith, temperance, patients, godliness, kindness, and above all charity; wherein is the bond of perfection in Christ Jesus?

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalms 139:23-24

“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;” – 2 Timothy 2:20-25

I Will Fear No Evil

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalms 23:4

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The Bible says it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. Therefor, fearing the wrath of God will lead you to the wisdom of repentance, and protection from Judgment.

However this is not an “evil thing”, it is mercy beyond justice. God is love and loves mercy, but He is also just and if we choose to make ourselves the servant of the master of sin, then God cannot steal us from him. We must choose to leave him and cling to Jesus, the good shepherd, the one of whom there is no wickedness or variance.

At this point, we can then rest in all assurance that we are protected from every evil thing. In fact, God says that “for the work to get to My sheep, he has to come through Me!” Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we should fear no evil. For His rod and His staff are a comfort to us.

What exactly does that look like? A while back my small beagle got loose one night and a large aggressive dog from our neighborhood came charging to attack her. My husband grabbed a staff, got between them and charged toward the aggressive dog. It had been known to kill other dogs, but it knew in that moment that if it pursued this one, it was going to be hit with the full force of this rod. It turned, went home, and left her alone. Not because of her, but because of the master that protected her and the rob in His hand that was swung in defense of her.

The enemy is out to still, kill, and destroy just like that dog was that night. Yet for those who belong to God we know that His rod protects us. The shepherd would lay in the sheep gate with this rob and any wolf that came for His sheep had to go through him to get to them. So for those who belong to Jesus, there is nothing to fear. The question is, do we really belong to Him.

“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you…If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you…If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” – John 15:3, 7, 10

So then if we believe the words of Jesus and choose to obey them daily, seek Him, and follow His leading, then we will remain with Him! No “evil thing” will come upon us because nothing can get to us except it come through Him! How comforting a thing is this?! Now this does not mean that no difficult thing will come upon us, but that if a hard thing comes then we have the assurance that He allowed it for a good and greater purpose and it will be meant only to prosper us in the end, either in this life or in the one to come. Just, good, wise, and loving is our Jesus; our Good Shepherd who wants the best for us.

The best rewards in eternity often come from obeying God’s voice through the most difficult trials in this one. Yet through it all we can have peace and fear “no evil thing”, because that if a trial is allowed to come through the Shepherd to you then it will not be evil unto you but will work out for the good and bring a greater weight of glory in eternity, and that is to be desired.

Sinners have hardships with fear and fruitlessness. Saints have hardships too but it is to produce good fruits in them, those around them, shine the light of the kingdom, and store up treasures for them in heaven. Therefor… “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” I trust My King, He is still on the Throne, and He knows what He is doing.

“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” – 1 Peter 4:14-19

The Alter of Sin

“Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the Lord accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt. For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.” – Hosea 8:11-14

The Lord God Almighty, speaking through Hosea the prophet here says that because Ephraim has made alters to sin, He will return unto them the consequences of what they have been putting their faith in. He will show them that none of it will save them like He can. He will show them that what you serve is what you worship and when you sin you make an alter to it.

They came to Him with sacrifices and offerings but He heard them not. They lifted praise and worship, but they were a bride full of spots. They professed His name but did not obey His sayings. His words were strange things to them, and those who obeyed them were hated.

So the Lord’s judgement was to stop protecting them from the master they had chosen over Him. He would return them to Egypt. The spirit of worldliness, selfishness, torment, sickness, and bondage. He had shown Himself more powerful then it, but they still put their trust in it.

Israel trusted in temples to idols, palaces, politicians, buildings and inventions. Judah trusted in fenced cities, preparations, provisions, and defenses, but God determined to show them the uselessness of all of it. He prophesied that fire would come upon all of it. Yes, in the end all these things will be ashes before God on the day of judgment, but even before that all of these things were destroyed by fire from the enemies of Israel when God stepped back and let them see what weak masters they were trusting in by serving these things.

In the time of King Hazekiah these prophecies had come to pass and only Jerusalem was left. Then this Godly king who had returned to faith in God’s word, cried out to the Lord God almighty with all his heart for mercy and salvation, and God Himself by His own hand wroth miracles in the land and brought salvation to a nation needing a reviving of faith in the true King over them.

I can but hear the Father saying, “Oh, if My people would believe in Me and Me only, how I would deliver them miraculously.”

There is one who is mightier then all. There is one who can save the body and the soul. There is one who can deliver with miracle working power. There is one who it like unto no other. Their is one who is King over all. There is one at who’s feet the giants fall. There is one who is waiting in the throne room of grace for the faithful to enter into their rightful place. There is one who’s Name is worthy of praise. Their is one God, and Salvation is His Name.

If you need saving today, repent, and call out to Him with all your heart, soul, and strength like Hezekiah did, and He will step in with resurrection power. Or put your trust in all these other things and watch Him step back and leave you to the master you have summoned at the alter of sin.

“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” – Romans 6:15-16

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10

“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” – Psalms 18:1-3

The Three Harvest

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” – 1 Corinthians 15:22-23

In Israel the first harvest is the barley harvest. It was considered the poor man’s harvest. It is a simple grain that is full of nutrition and low in sugar and gluten so that the bread that it makes is not so pleasant to the palette, but is very good for you. It is full of healing virtue, satisfying to the hungry soul, able to sustain those who partook of it. It was this grain that God chose to represent Jesus, who Paul called “the first fruits of the resurrection.”

The unleavened bread of the Passover would have been made of this, as well as was the bread in the story of the loaves and fishes. Jesus Himself said that He was the bread of life and those who eat of Him would never hunger again. No other can compare. None can satisfy like He can. He is our strength and our healing. Our portion who was broken for our transgression. The first harvest of undesirable poor man’s bread that, as unlikely as it seems, is the perfection of heaven.

“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” – Matthew 13:24-25

The next harvest is the wheat harvest. This harvest represents the saints. Christ was resurrected first then a new crop planted, next we will see the harvest of these come to it fulfillment. Jesus gave us a parable of a man (Him) who planted good seed (His words) and then his enemy came after him and planted weeds (false doctrine, lies) in the field. The good seed, He said was wheat and it represented the saints who received His words and became fruitful. While the weeds represented hypocrites and sinners who received the enemies lies and were either fruitless or bare bad fruit. In the end this wheat will be harvested into the master barn to become bread themselves while the fruitless and wicked will he cast into the fire.

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name…. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” – Revelation 14:9-11, 18-20

The third harvest is the grape harvest. This is a harvest of sinners. They are gathered into the winepress of God’s wrath in the end. The very sad thing about this harvest is that Jesus already endured it for us to provide a way of escape from it. He drank the cup of wrath, the grape juice. He was crushed for our transgression until His blood poured out. He did not deserve this, yet He willingly did it for us. In doing so He gave us a reprieved but this wrath is still coming for all those who are not found hidden in Him. Those who did not believe Him, obey Him, proclaim Him, and remain in Him until the end. The wrath that these sinners will face is every bit as torturous as what Jesus did at mount Calvary. It is this wrath that Jesus endured on our behalf, that all who will confess their sins, repent of them, humble themselves and call upon them will be spared from in the end. Those who have made themselves white, a bride of Christ without spot or blemish will be covered and protected from it by their spiritual husband who is Jesus. All else will still surely face this judgment. Remember the sufferings of Christ, thank Him for taking your place and receive the way of escape or face that dreadful day alone. The choice is yours, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord and thank Him continuously for His great mercy from the wrath to come, because we believe His words… All of them.

It’s Time to Cry

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:…A time to cry, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;… A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;” – Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4-5, 7

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom because it knows the limits of it’s own understanding and fears straying away from the voice of the Good Shepherd leading them. To everything there is a season and when a season changes everything changes with it. What we use to do, what we thought we knew, everything becomes new and we need the Shepherd experience, wisdom, provision, and guidance less we find ourselves in a very dangerous situation.

Never assume anything, arrogance is a sign of ignorance and immaturity and it will lead you and other with you into the Fowler’s snare. Yet faith will lead you into all victory and one can sometimes look like the other because with faith comes confidence. So what is the difference? Arrogance is based on assumptions and emotions that come in the quick. Faith comes by hearing and brings a confidence in what the Good Shepherd has spoken because that we have humble ourselves and taken the time to seek Him.

Today we need wisdom like never before, so it’s time to start fearing the Lord and seeking Him with all of our hearts. It’s time to cry. Rend the heavens until you hear a word from God and then stand on it having all confidence that what He has promised He is able to accomplish. He will finish what He has started and even if you be hated by all men for you faith in Him you will have peace knowing that you have pleased Heaven and have the backing of the Kingdom of God. What more could you want, for if God be for you who can be against you.

So no more fear, seek till you hear. No more assumptions, get a word from heaven. No more arrogance, we need faith and confidence. No more silliness, it’s time for prayer and fasting. It’s time for sackcloth and ashes. It’s time to seek the one who is salvation. The healing of the nations. The reviver Himself. We need the deliverer to come down. So cry out!

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people.” – Joel 2:15-18

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

Davids Rise Up!

“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.” – John 10:11-13

For far too long much of the modern church has required the sheep to sacrifice for it’s shepherds, now God is requiring that the shepherd put themselves at risk to tend to the sheep. This is the way it was always meant to be. Those who flee danger are not true shepherds but only employees that are in it for a wage. Those who stay are filled with faith and given grace for the day.

The David’s are arising because the sheep are crying. Abandon by their shepherds and left in the mouth of the eater. Oh but little David, a man after God’s own heart, who was willing to run into danger to retrieve a sheep that was lost. A true shepherd will tend to the sheep no matter the cost. They will lay down their life and pick up their cross.

Yet the selfish, the showy, the usurping, the ones who are in it for their own glory; they will run from the danger and God will give their sheep to a stranger. The meek and the lowly, the selfless and faithful, those who know who their God is, doing great exploits in times of great crisis. These are the David’s that God is elevating. So give God your faith, your life, and your praises, for the winds are now changing and i hear the Lord saying, “Can I use you to gather the scattered sheep of My pasture? Will you lay down your life in faith for what’s after?”

“He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” – John 21:17

“For, lo, there shall be a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.” – Zechariah 11:16-17

“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord. And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.” – Jeremiah 23:1-4

Apply the Blood

“And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.” – Exodus‬ ‭12:22-24‬ ‭

When the plugues of Egypt came, they were specifically aimed at removing the people’s trust in the gods of Egypt. Those idols that the Israelites were worshiping, serving, and trusting in more then God.

So what has this modern day plague (covid-19) removed? Sports, entertainment, vanity, television, bars, revelry, casinos, social events, fake churches, money…

Lord, show us the idols around us and let us learn from the Israelites who decided that God was more powerful, and more important then the things they had been putting their trust in. Repent, cry out to Him, and trust in His deliverance.

Those who repented and became depended on God, crying out to Him for salvation and putting their trust fully in Him, sat peaceably in their homes as the plague of death passed over them. This is the story of Passover. Passover this year falls in the second week of April around the time they are predicting the virus threat will pass, or at least start to subside. Take some time to remember the mercies of God and take the way of escape from judgment that He offers us through repentance and the applying of the blood of Jesus. Our Passover Lamb

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – John‬ ‭1:29‬ ‭

Disobedience

“Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?” – Ezra 7:23

Walking in obedience to God causes you to be standing in the right places, a place of protection, covering, provision, and blessing. To be in this place of right standing is the very definition of “righteousness”. Therefore are the righteous bold as lions, never forsaken or begging for bread, quickly answered when they cry, because they are already close to His side residing under the shadow of the almighty we’re there is safety and reward eternally.

However, those who disobey stray away and find themselves in a dangerous place when the enemy comes rushing in like a flood. To be outside of the protection of God is wrath enough for there is a very real enemy out there set to steal, kill, and destroy. A foe who’s goal is to steal your blessed hope, kill your physical body, and destroy your eternal soul.

Be sure that he is watching, he is waiting like a roaring lion stalking it’s pray. He has full reign over the children of sin that wander into his dominion through their acts of rebellion to the instructions that God gives them on how to stay in right-standing. In doing so they leave the narrow path of life and the covering provided for those who walk on it, for the wide path of destruction and the judgment that is coming for those who love it.

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” – 2 Timothy 3:2-5

Be warned, God loves you enough to have paid the highest price to restore your relationship with Him. That you might have communion and be able to seek Him and His wisdom for every situation. That you might be able to stay in right standing. Don’t take this great gift lightly and frustrate the grace that He has made available to us! Having been given access to His very throne room through the blood of Jesus, there is now no more excuse for us to walk in wickedness, selfishness, spiritual idolness, or wrong-standing (which is disobedience).

It is no longer an issue of ignorance, His Spirit bares witness with our Spirit what is pleasing to Him and His word declares His commandments. To choose to ignore them is disobedience and it will bring a weighty judgment. So repent less, as Jesus warmed us, you all parish. Because unless we believe the words of Jesus unto obedience then we are already damned, walking outside the realm of His protection. Understand this and you will know why the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:..” – Psalms 111:10

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7

“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” – Ephesians 5:3-7

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” – Colossians 3:5-15