As I shared in my last post, “Who will not exist?” the Esau’s of this world will not enter into eternal life. God hated Esau. I asked “If God hated Esau then and followers of Esau then, will He not hate the same Esau like behavior now and in the challenging days to come?”
Anything we insist on clinging to, be it person, place or thing, be it hurt, offense, or event, by our insistence, it then means more to us than our birthright into the kingdom of God. Our insistence, (or resistance) is against the counsel of God to let it go, to forgive, to forget and repent of such a grip; refusal demonstrates our likeness to Esau.
God said, “I hated Esau.” (Mal 1:3 KJV) However, the Jacobs will enter. Obadiah 1:17-18 Why? Holiness. The house of Jacob shall be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble. Like the stew in Esau’s case fulfilled a carnal need, nothing carnal is to be as important as our birthright. We may say we know this but do we inventory our heart in light of current atrocities?
I began that last post by saying on November 14th God pointed me to Obadiah. Since then upon my asking in prayer, He has pointed me to places or rather obscure persons that I now see as timely in light of all we see happening. What does it mean?
On the 16th, it was “Agabus.” I know, you are asking what I asked myself. “Who?”
Agabus was a prophet in Acts 11:28, 21:10-11. From Jerusalem he came to Antioch and Peter and also to Caesarea and Paul and in both cases to warn them of very unpleasant future circumstances.
I believe God has made it clear that some things He shows me are to encourage and direct me. Other things are to be shouted from the house tops. The last post was one of the latter.
“Agabus” was for me. The blood of whoever is on the head of the watchman who does not warn or the prophet who does not speak. I have to be willing to go and speak what the Spirit gives me to speak no matter how unpleasant it is. As I said in a previous post, “The prophet must forsake man for the sake of man.”
Warnings are meant to do just that. They are meant to help us prepare for the certainty God has foretold. Agabus did as he was impressed by the Spirit to do. (See Acts 21:4 for an example of this concept.)
God told Ezekiel in 3:26, (it) “cannot be a man who rebukes them.” In 3:27 He told the prophet, “But when I speak to you I will open your mouth.” This is freedom to the prophet in not assuming a responsibility to correct others himself and yet it also is being in the chains of a bond slave Ambassador, to speak as told, a relationship Paul spoke of in Ephesians 6:20.
On November 19th I asked in prayer and “Ahaz” was God’s response. I again I only knew the name vaguely. Now remember the daily events we are seeing. Do we elect a strong fighter type who may or may not be a very Godly person or do we elect a Godly mild mannered type who may turn out to be the “Clark Kent” of our day? Or is this another warning God knows we will ignore?
So I look up “Ahaz.” 2 Kings 16:5. He was a young king of Judah, who when under attack was spoken to by Isaiah the prophet. God through Isaiah basically said He was going to win this battle for Ahaz. Ahaz instead chose to call upon the king of Assyria for help. I had no idea what Isaiah had said to Ahaz.
Turn to Isaiah 7. Here is the one case I know of where God Himself demands that a fleece be requested of Him, in order to prove to Ahaz that he can trust this word of protection from God through Isaiah.
Ahaz’s name means “he has grasped.” In this case God was trying to help Ahaz live up to his name. It did not work. God in His (what seems like) exasperation over this then has Isaiah declare a fleece FOR Ahaz.
Isaiah 7:10-14 (NASB)
10 Then the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!” 13 Then he (Isaiah) said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”
Wow! The birth of Jesus. This fleece would actually go both to Sheol and as high as heaven!
What a circumstance for this prophecy to be spoken. I must admit I had not remembered the context of that special prophecy. It seems it was made almost out of frustration but look at how it is addressed. “Listen now, O house of David!” God is looking beyond Ahaz to His Davidic covenant promise because Ahaz did not grasp it!!!
Does it seem coincidental that our political choices are being formulated on the verge of Christmas and (to me) God is also trying to impress us by the lessons of Ahaz? And,…He tried to get Ahaz to listen by giving Ahaz a word so far reaching that only we, followers within the house of David, might benefit from it? Will we do better than Ahaz?
I sum up by quoting a portion from my journal that day. “Shall we select a Godly man and God or a warrior king “believer” who has his own version of the temple and worship? Like 9-11, is this not a test again of our nation? What will those who are His do this time? Like Isaiah said, “a virgin will be with child and bear a son….(Isa 7:14) He also said the two kings Ahaz feared were forsaken “by the time the boy (Jesus) knows to refuse evil and choose good.” (Isa 7:15) Are there two kings in our future? Some believe Putin and Obama (who rule like kings) are the kings of the north and south respectfully. That is another bailey-wick.
Shall we make a carnal choice this election or shall we turn to the Lord. Shall we ask for a sign or is Jesus enough? Are His Words guidance enough? Will we (as a nation and individually) run home to Him? Did the prodigal not live under his fathers rule and blessing from the day of his forsaking his own way; the way of death? “For you are a nation divided even as Israel was divided. Which half did I preserve for My names sake? I honor My Word over my name. Jerusalem is my chosen place. Salvation is my Name. Both will be upheld.” God might as well have said, “I honor My Word over My Salvation, (My Name)”!
His Word will judge us. His Word was to lead us to actual salvation or not. Whether it will or not is an individual, a national, and a world wide challenge. Choosing life means specific choices. You read of those choices in the commandments of Jesus and here in these posts from God’s Word.
I am pleased to say we are being read in 29 nations throughout the world. Others are embracing the message of preparation.
To you in each nation, PLEASE … forward this post or my other posts to anyone you think of, your Pastor, or a missionary in another country or in this one for that matter. Many will fall if we do not call! What if we only had a year?
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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