“For the Lord our God, the Lord He is One.”
In morning prayer I asked the Holy Spirit where I should read. Response: “Ezekiel – Exodus.” Two locations? I asked again. Response “Ezekiel 6:4”
I read there about destruction and punishment of Israel over false gods by the Lord.
I asked what about Exodus. Response: “Exodus 6:4”
I read there why the Spirit would point to this verse relative to the Ezekiel 6:4.
“I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned. Exodus 6:4 (NASB)
In the verses preceding 6:4 God reveals something unusual to Moses.
“God spoke further to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD;
3 and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, (Hebrew: El Shaddai) but by My name, LORD, (YHWH) I did not make Myself known to them. Exodus 6:2-3 (NASB)
The Lord goes on to say, “Furthermore I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.” Exodus 6:5 (NASB)
Israel was set free from Egypt because of the covenant the Lord made. They cried out, He heard, they were set free.
The Lord continued, “Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God,…. Exodus 6:7 (NASB)
“and you shall know that I am the LORD your God.” is a recurring effort on Gods part throughout scripture.
The name of “Jesus” or “Yahshua” or “Yeshua” as used by today’s Jews and Messianic believers, means “Yahweh is salvation.” (Source: truthofyahweh.org) Also, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ “Isaiah 12:2 (NKJV)
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not need saving. They needed provision. Abraham was provided a miracle son. Isaac was provided a ram to be sacrificed instead of himself. Jacob was provided a job with the Pharaoh that lead to Israel moving to Egypt where they eventually would become slaves and need to be rescued or set free. God made the covenant first with Abraham.
Now with Moses, the people need to be led and they need a reason to follow. God now wants to reveal Himself as Lord, “Yahweh” or Salvation. If they want to be saved they must be led, they must follow. Today, nothing has changed.
God is trying to establish this understanding again in all the hearts that claim a relationship with Him. Through Christ and the teachings, Jesus, “Yeshua” is pointing to God saying “Yahweh is salvation” He is again revealing Himself as YHWH for our benefit. Why you ask? For the same reason we find Him in Ezekiel 6:4 about to act against the nation He favored.
I believe the Spirit of God is saying to us, to America and Israel, “Remember the covenant and all I have done for you. Your turning to false gods, to people and their counsel who do not know Me is an affront to Me. I will show you that I am Lord by declaring that which you do not want to see but will see until you repent of your infidelity. Then, maybe you will know that I am the Lord.”
“Your slain shall be around your idols, your high places, and like-wise around your source of counsel, your televisions. Your loss will be portrayed world-wide. Some will say “Is the Lord with us or not?” (Exodus 17:7 NASB) Others will say, “Not He, He will not permit the sword and famine to come upon us,” (Jeremiah 5:11-13,) but I have spoken to both of these cases with strong rebuke!” (Ezekiel 6: 1-14)
“This calamity shall come as I am the Lord (Salvation) fulfilling the Word that leads to your ultimate salvation and this you must know in obedience. ”
“Have I not offered loving kindness and tender mercy first? Have I not provided and protected and yet you stray?”
The Lord said to Ezekiel, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is filled with blood and the city is full of perversion; for they say, ‘The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!’ Ezekiel 9:9 (NASB)
“Do I not see your condition says the Lord? Have I not declared ‘I will never leave you or forsake you?’ Have I not said in My Word “Do not call it a conspiracy!” (Isaiah 8:12-16,) because I AM the author of My own Word and that which you see happening? I will however hide my face from you because of your abominations! Do not declare by your own estimations that “I forsake!” You have forsaken and gone further and embraced that which is not Me.”
The Lord went on to say to Ezekiel, “But as for Me, My eye will have no pity nor will I spare, but I will bring their conduct upon their heads.” Ezekiel 9:10 (NASB) Will there be sword, plague and famine, as in Ezekiel 6:11? Could there be death, sickness and starvation today?
I know many reading this are trying sincerely to walk out their salvation with reverence and diligence. To you this is fuel for conversation and admonitions only you can share in your sphere of influence. Like within myself, self-examination is understood. Many run from the judgment of God (about ourselves) a salve, the Balm of Gilead.
For some time I have tried to get us to grasp “What was unacceptable then is unacceptable now and is absolutely unacceptable in eternity.”
Outside my window this AM a gentle rain has turned into a blowing, pounding rain storm of Winds, a thunderous downpour. My journal says 1-15-16. Much has happened in the Market as of today.
Oh Lord, that which incensed You still does. That which you were willing to do for Your names sake, for our sake, You still are, unless we have (as a nation) gone too far. If so, we followers know we must endure along side the Tares until separation is possible.
Please Lord, allow those, the remnant who revere You and sigh at the conditions they see, let us be spared according to Your Word. Mark us as You said You would. We know oh Lord God, You are the Lord, the Great I AM. You never leave us or forsake us. Your mercy extends to the merciful, Your kindness to the kind, Your love to the loving, Your grace to the hearts of grace. We know, like Christ we must choose eternity and Your Way, Truth, and Life at whatever cost.
Do as You must oh Lord. We kneel at Your side as You do it. We shall not rejoice over Your wrath for we have escaped it only by Your mercy and grace.
Weigh hearts oh Lord. By Your Spirit redeem any value You can find. Your Word says, a sigh and a groan over the abomination they see is enough to deliver. (Ezekiel 9:4)
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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