Oh Church in America how I weep over our false and worthless religion today. We who are grafted in with Judah, because of the Lion of that tribe, Jesus, O how we are falling. How often are we going to grieve His Spirit? The words that the Lord burdened on my heart years ago still weigh heavy today. Will any of us hear the warnings and see? Will we remember what we have heard and truly repent? Or will we find that our religion is worthless and was built on sinking sand? I pray these Words of the Lord will speak to you as they have spoken to me. The things spoken of in the past, are still being spoken to us today. They were warnings to God’s bride Israel, and they are warnings to Christ’s bride, the Church.
Jeremiah 7- This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Stand at the gate of the Lord’s house and there proclaim this message: “Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!” If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless. “Will you steal and murder, committ adultery and purjury, burn incence to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say “We are safe”-safe to do all these detestable things?” Has this house which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord. Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. While you were doing all these things, declares the Lord, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you but you did not answer. Therefore what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your fathers. I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim.” So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you. Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger. But am I the one they are provoking? declares the Lord. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame? “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: My anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground and it will burn and not be quenched. “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go ahead, add to your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices and eat the meat yourselves! For when I brought your forefathers out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, but I gave them this command: Obey me and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you. But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. From the time your forefathers left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I sent you my servents the prophets. But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their forefathers.” When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer. Therefore say to them, “This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips. Cut off your hair and throw it away; take up a lament on the barren heights, for the Lord has rejected and abandoned this generation that is under His wrath.
Rev 3 :14 the message to the Church of Laodocia, though it speaks of the same warnings also gives a remnant a hope. The Lord always has a remenant. For those who will remember and repent, return and obey, we will be overcomers because of Jesus Christ and we will be spared from His wrath that is to come. But for those who will not obey, who will continue in their wordly lives and the pleasures of sin, and then enter into the temple of our Lord, the Church that bears His name and declare, “we are safe” there will be judgement .When we declare from our pulpits “Grace and safety”, even while we turn around and live our lives for other gods there will be judgement . We pick and choose the attributes of Christ we want, yet when judgement and warning come, we refuse to hear and obey, because we still believe we are safe. We believe we are rich, we have need of nothing. We preach that the Lord is pleased and is blessing us. We stand for freedom of man to build the church, to market and make his own plans, and then declare it is the Lords blessing. But the Lord is not pleased! He cries out to us in this last hour, knocking at the door to anyone who will listen and realize that the overall state of the Church in America is apostate. We have left the way. We do not obey, nor do we respond to correction. Church, the only prayer or plea the Lord will hear from us today is a genuine prayer of repentance and returning. There is no other hope for us. Let us humble ourselves and pray that times of refreshing may come!
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