“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
On 2-6-16 in prayer I asked. “Jeremiah 4” I read it. “Oh my!”
I suggest you read it in light of what God did not like then He still does not like or tolerate now.
Here are a couple of quotes from Jeremiah 4.
”O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou may be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?” Jeremiah 4:14 (KJV)
“Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, that you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts lodge within you? Jeremiah 4:14 (NASB)
And again it says, “Your ways and your deeds have brought these things to you. This is your evil. How bitter! How it has touched your heart!” Jeremiah 4:18 (NASB)
We cannot forsake what we can learn from the prophets and the history they speak of. The future can be seen in His positions toward those He loves. He has not changed.
Israel was expected to wash their hearts. “…wash thine heart from wickedness,…” So are we. Yes, we do it!
That same day in prayer (2-6-2016) I was impressed to write of what must happen before Jesus can return.
These events are in no particular order except the first item which I believe triggers the rest. Its time has come.
Enduring love saves, the good news of the kingdom, must be preached as a witness world-wide.
“But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved; and this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:13-14.
The world-wide preaching or witnessing about “enduring love saves,” is an unfulfilled prophecy by Jesus. It is up to us to preach it. Every scripture about love applies. The resources for your messages are abundant.
This message is good news but as an event spoken of by Jesus it also ushers in very difficult times ahead of Christ’s return. Many will fall away that did not have too if we fail to see our opportunity.
The Apostasy must occur and the man of lawlessness be revealed. Thessalonians 2:3-4
”Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (NASB)
The number of Martyrs (deaths) must be fulfilled.
“… and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.” Revelation 6:10-11 (NASB)
The many will love darkness and not light. John 1:5, 3:19, 12:46.
“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” John 3:19 (NASB)
The darkness of God will descend upon mankind in the Day of the Lord.
”Alas, you who are longing for the day of the LORD, For what purpose will the day of the LORD be to you? It will be darkness and not light;…” “Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light, even gloom with no brightness in it?” Amos 5:18, 20 (NASB)
The restoration of all things. Acts 3:19-21 (NASB)
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.”
I believe the restoration refers more to the restoring of the teachings of Jesus / God than restoring of the temple etc. Here’s why I believe this.
Next verse Paul says, “Moses said, ‘THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you.” Acts 3:22 (NASB)
Jesus is the prophet we should give heed to. This is the context of Paul’s statement. Jesus did not say “Build another temple for sacrifices!” He said through Paul, “…your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit!”
The relationship that we are to restore in the fullness of all Jesus taught by the Father’s Words is this, “Take My yoke [servitude, teachings, laws or obligation] upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” Matthew 11:29 (NASB) [added for clarity]
“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” John 14:21 (NASB)
Society world-wide is leaving behind the teachings of Christ and the bible for a worldly view. They embrace a kindness born of compassion for everything but life. It is a counterfeit lacking Christ. They are saving manatees and everything else as they abort babies by the millions. If the Devil were ever to be recognized for his sinister control over mankind, it is in this.
Remember, we are slaves to whom we obey. “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” Romans 6:16 (NASB)
“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6 (NASB)
Are we not in this condition as a nation, as a world community? Are we trading one king President for another right now in America, forsaking God? As a nation our representatives have renounced our heritage, plain and simple. We have renounced our real King, our God, by voting for those who support ungodly agendas’. “No!” you say? I am sure you are not thinking clearly. “As a nation, the blind are truly leading the blind.” Matthew 15:14.
Our repentance from bitterness, anger, hatred and unforgiveness, our pursuing peace with all persons, to the extent it is possible for us to do so, is the restorative balm that brings our account with God back into a reconciled (zero balance) state. That we are permitted to do this is the good news of the kingdom. We are promised that we will receive what we give. Once reconciled by Christ’s death, this ongoing process of living our lives no longer requires a sacrifice by Jesus. It requires a sacrifice by us! We have been given everything pertaining to life and Godliness.
Until our love for our fellow man is fully and compassionately evident, we cannot fully love as Christ loved us. Until then, whatever warmth we had in our hearts, there first because of Christ’s love for us, is cooling toward others.
Our Christ-like surrender to God’s will, this witness of our absolute belief in God, His Christ Son and in resurrected life, will be looked upon by God with favor but with distain by the “many” that are doomed. Our faith will be (is) seen as extremism. Recent laws exist that speak of us as extremists; as enemies of the progressing blight over America’s majority mind. For some believers our “Crazy for God” witness and the ramifications of the “enduring love,” message will be reason to depart the faith.
Dear brethren, followers of Christ, what may come easy to us because we prepared will be lethal to those barely able to walk by faith in the troubles ahead. The scales of our heart must tip toward God and His counsel in times of offense and trial. Tell them!
The non-followers of Christ, and I do mean non…followers, will either join us or hate us. Their hatred will not be containable nor their wrath toward us. The tormenting contradiction in their souls will be volcanic and irresolvable. To them, we are either the face of love or the scowl of damnation depending on their heart. By then hopefully we will be love as God is love, enduring not judging them as He endured us at one time.
“and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19 (NASB)
God’s love surpasses what He knows about us. This is the love of Christ. It is also to be the love we possess and distribute. If we do, we will be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Pray and intercede now for those whose path you may cross, whether it is today or in the future. Lost “saved” souls are dead men walking and do not know it. They are future victims of the Apostasy. Your seeds of love, the power of your understanding, may make the eternal difference for them.
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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