Witness Him Now
I need to talk. Frankly, the Word that the LORD spoke yesterday morning moved me. I want to weep. It feels like the time for some people to come to the LORD may be over - "Those people who say they are mine. They honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. And their worship of Me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote." (Isaiah 29:13-14) The door may have closed, and my heart is heavy. But for those who genuinely seek the LORD, those who want to bring honor to His Holy Name, those who want to be a reflection of God's glory on this earth, there is another message. I think this message is for you. You would not be reading my posts or listening to my videos if the Spirit were not calling your name. So I want to speak to you.
"Soon - and it will not be very long - the forests of Lebanon will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops. In that day the deaf will hear words read from a book, and the blind will see through the gloom and darkness. The humble will be filled with fresh joy fro the LORD. The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. The scoffer will be gone, the arrogant will disappear, and those who plot evil will be killed. Those who convict the innocent by their false testimony will disappear. A similar fate awaits those who use trickery to pervert justice and who tell lies to destroy the innocent." (Isaiah 29:17-21)
All of this will happen inside of us. Those of us who are deaf will hear, those who are blind will see, we will no longer scoff or be proud or plot evil. We will no longer pervert justice or tell lies. "My people will no longer be ashamed or turn pale with fear. For when they see their many children and all the blessings I have given them, they will recognize the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob. They will stand in awe of the God of Israel. Then the wayward will gain understanding, and the complainers will accept instruction." (Isaiah 29:22-24)
Even though we are not where we want to be right now, the LORD is about to do something amazing. We just have to let Him. We have to quit resisting Him. And once He is through doing His work in us, "The glory of Lebanon will by yours - the forests of cypress, fir, and pine - to beautify My sanctuary. My Temple (that's us) will be glorious! The descendants of your tormentors will come and bow before you. Those who despise you will kiss your feet. They will call you the City of the LORD, and Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Though you were once despised and hated, with no one traveling through you, I will make you beautiful forever, a joy to all generations. Powerful kings and mighty nations will satisfy your every need, as though you were a child nursing at the breast of a queen. You will know at last that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel. I will exchange your bronze for gold, your iron for silver, your wood for bronze, and your stones for iron. I WILL MAKE PEACE YOUR LEADER AND RIGHTEOUSNESS YOUR RULER. Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls, and praise will be on the lips of all who enter here." (Isaiah 60:13-18)
All the turmoil that is going on inside of us will be gone. Violence will disappear from our land. Never again will we be against each other. Righteousness and peace will guide us and rule us. "No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the LORD your God will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down. For the LORD will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end. All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever. For I will plant them there with My own hands in order to bring Myself glory. The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen." (Isaiah 60:19-22)
I think that somehow or another we always thought that this would happen when we get to heaven, but that is not so. God is doing this in His people while we are on earth. This is part of His big, good plan, a plan to prosper and not to harm, a plan to give us hope and a future. God is coming to set us free and heal our hearts. He is coming to do in us what we cannot do for ourselves. We are HIS workmanship. He is planting us with His own hands in order to bring Himself glory. When our God does all of the good things He plans to do for His people, the whole world will know it. We will be glorious and beautiful forever.
So friends of mine, look up! Your Redemption is drawing near. "Go out through the gates! Prepare the highway for My people to return! Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders; raise a flag for all the nations to see. The LORD has sent this message to every land: "Tell the people of Israel, 'Look, your Savior is coming. See, He brings His reward with Him as He comes..'" They will be called "The Holy People" and "The People redeemed by the LORD." And Jerusalem will be known as "The Desirable Place" and "The City No Longer Forsaken." (Isaiah 62:10-12)
Blessings to you. May you, too, see the LORD high and lifted up, and may His trane fill your Temple.
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."