Witness Him Now
October 3, 2021
Sometimes I don't want to say what the LORD is asking me to say. When we speak God's Word out loud, it has power. I know that. Every time I open the Bible now, I am trembling. There are many of you who are watching the news, and you are concerned. Not me. I am opening the Bible, and my knees shake. So I am going to share with you what God is telling me. You can do with it whatever you want, but it feels like God is shouting to His people what He is about to do.
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Disaster after disaster is coming your way! The end has come. It has finally arrived. Your final doom is waiting! O people of Israel, the day of your destruction is dawning. The time has come; the day of trouble is near. Shouts of anguish will be heard on the mountains, not shouts of joy. Soon I will pour out My fury on you and unleash My anger against you. I will call you to account for all your detestable sins. I will turn My eyes away and show no pity. I will repay you for all your detestable sins. Then you will know that it is I, the LORD, who is striking the blow."
"The day of judgment is here; your destruction awaits! The people's wickedness and pride have blossomed to full flower. Their violence has grown into a rod that will beat them for their wickedness. None of these proud and wicked people will survive. All their wealth and prestige will be swept away. Yes, the time has come; the day is here! Buyers should not rejoice over bargains, nor sellers grieve over losses, for all of them will fall under My terrible anger. Even if the merchants survive, they will never return to their business. For what God has said applies to everyone - it will not be changed! Not one person whose life is twisted by sin will ever recover." (Ezekiel 7:1-13)
I am not going to comment on what God just said. I want you to go to God. Let Him speak to your heart. It feels like this is here - at our doorstep. Then chapters 8 and 9 of Ezekiel talk about the idolatry that is in the Temple (that's us). It is our heart He is talking about. Then in Ezekiel 9:4 the LORD said, "Walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who weep and sigh because of the detestable sins being committed in the city." The LORD is marking those who hate sin - those who don't want sin to rule, those who sigh and weep over the sin in their own life and over the sin in the lives of others. They see the wickedness, the pride, and the violence. Anything we have ever said or done against another person will fall into this category. I am trembling. The violence that is in the heart of man! Mockery. Slander. Judgment. Condemnation.
Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all - old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin right here at the Temple." (Ezekiel 9:5-6). I am trembling! The he said to me, "The sins of the people of Israel and Judah are very, very great. The entire land is full of murder (hatred); the city (our heart) is filled with injustice. They are saying, "The LORD doesn't see it! The LORD has abandoned the land!" "So I will not spare them or have any pity on them. I will fully repay them for all they have done." (Ezekiel 9:9-10)
So I have to speak the Word of the LORD. I have to give warning. It is still not too late to turn and live.
I know that you don't want to hear what I am saying, neither did any other generation.
"Don't say such things,"
the people respond.
"Don't prophesy like that.
Such disasters will never come our way!"
Should you talk that way, O family of Israel?
Will the LORD's Spirit have patience with such behavior?
IF YOU WOULD DO WHAT IS RIGHT,
YOU WOULD FIND MY WORDS COMFORTING.
Yet to this very hour
My people rise against Me like any enemy!
You steal the shirts right off the backs
of those who trusted you,
making them as ragged as men.
returning from battle.
You have evicted women from their pleasant homes
and forever stripped their children of all that God would
This is no longer your land and home.
for you have filled it with sin
and ruined it completely.
Suppose a prophet full of lies would say to you,
"I'll preach to you the joys of wine and alcohol!"
That's just the kind of prophet you would like!
"Someday, O Israel, I will gather you;
I will gather the remnant who are left.
I will bring you together again like sheep in a pen,
like a flock in its pasture.
Yes, your land will again
be filled with noisy crowds!
Your leader will break out
and lead you out of exile,
out through the gates of the enemy cities,
back to your own land.
Your King will lead you;
the LORD Himself will guide you." (Micah 2:6-13)
Hallelujah, thank you Jesus! SOMEDAY He will gather us and bring us together again. Jesus will lead us; the LORD Himself will guide us. This is happening. Along with the judgment, this is happening. I am watching people being changed before my very eyes. God is so, so good! A remnant. A people who love God and hate sin.
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."