by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
In order to completely understand God's Word, one must have a basic knowledge of Biblical typology. We see many references to certain cities and countries in the Bible. The names of these cities and countries each have a meaning which gives added insight into God's Word.
Although we know the writers of the Bible were writing for the time in which they lived, the words they wrote were also written for our time. Paul explained this in his letter to the Corinthians:
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." I Corinthians 10:11
All the events and happenings that happened in the Old Testament are for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world (age) have come. Paul also explained this concept in his letter to the Colossians:
"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." Colossians 2:16-17
All of Israel's holidays, their new moon celebrations, and their sabbath days were only a shadow of things to come. A shadow is not the real thing. It is only the reflected image of the things that would come upon the body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit directed the prophet Hosea to reveal to the body of Christ another example of how God explains the Word of God:
"I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets." Hosea 12:10
God used similitudes when He spoke to the prophets in dreams and visions. The word similitudes means "to be like or to resemble." God uses many similitudes in His Word. And it is only by the Holy Spirit anointing that we can see the complete picture of what God is showing us. For example, the prophet Isaiah gave us insight how we are to study God's Word:
"For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:" Isaiah 28:10
As we begin to put precept (idea) upon precept, and line upon line, then when we see something in the New Testament, and put idea upon idea and line upon line in the Old Testament, then we can come to the understanding the prophets were not only prophesying about their time, but were also prophesying about our time also.
Most scholars agree Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations. As we look at Jeremiah's writings in the book of Lamentations, we can see the similitudes between what Jeremiah wrote and what Jesus revealed to John on the isle of Patmos by putting precept upon precept and line upon line, here a little and there a little. For example, Jeremiah wrote:
"How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!" Lamentations 1:1
Jeremiah wrote about a city, and we realize he was writing about the city of Jerusalem and the Israeli people. But with Spiritual eyes, we can also see His prophecies fit Mystery Babylon in the book of Revelation. First, Jesus reveals to John that Mystery Babylon is called a great city:
"And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." Revelation 14:8
Let's discover who Mystery Babylon is, and why she is called a great city:
"And the light of the candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived." Revelation 18:23
The light of the candle is the electric light. The electric light was created in the United States. The electric light lit up the whole world. We also know her merchants were also the great men of the earth. And there is no denying, her sorceries have deceived all nations. The word sorceries is the Greek word PHARMAKEIA. We get the word pharmacy (drug store) from this Greek word.
So then who is Mystery Babylon? Only one nation fits all these descriptions, and that is the United States. Her merchants truly are the great men of the earth. Henry Ford gave us the assembly line. Westinghouse gave us appliances. Carnegie gave the world steel. Firestone gave us tires for our cars. Rockefeller gave us finance and petroleum. The list goes on and on of the great men who have given the world this modern way of life. We also know the United States is the world's drug store, both legally and illegally.
As Jeremiah wrote: "How doth the city sit solitary!" Jesus declared to John about the fall of Babylon. The same Spirit that anointed Jeremiah is the same Spirit the resurrected Jesus was anointed with when He spoke to John on the Isle of Patmos. So as we look at the similitudes Jeremiah wrote, we can discover what the United States has to look forward to.
Mystery Babylon was called a city. Why? It was because the United States became a great nation as cities become great cities, and that is by development, annexation, and the purchasing of large tracts of land. Looking again at the words of Jeremiah, we read:
"How doth the city sit solitary that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!" Lamentations 1:1
Jeremiah exclaimed, "How doth the city sit solitary!" The word solitary means "being all alone." The United States sits all alone. All her allies have forsaken her, and she has been left alone to fight her battles, and work out all the problems she has created for herself.
Jesus spoke of the great might Mystery Babylon had in her historic past:
"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." Revelation 17:18
With her great wealth, the United States did, indeed, rule over the kings of the earth. Then Jesus explains to John what will happen to her:
"Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come." Revelation 18:10
Yes, God's judgment is coming upon the United States. And when it comes, her destruction will come in one hour. Jeremiah also prophesied the downfall of the United States:
"Because the Lord hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered." Jeremiah 51:55
How does this great city sit all alone? It is because the Lord has spoiled her, and taken out of her the great voice. No one listens to this nation any more. They mock her leaders, and laugh at their financial advice.
Jeremiah continues, ". . . that was full of people . . ." The United States is truly full of people of mixed nationalities. With all the illegal aliens and immigration from around the globe, the United States has more people than it can support. Her cities are full of `street people' who are only existing in cars, tents, and anything else that will give them shelter. Jesus explained to John about the mixed multitude:
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:" Revelation 17:1
By Jesus' words, we discover another title given to the great city, Mystery Babylon - - - and that is `The Great Whore'. Jesus proclaimed this great whore sits on many waters. Then Jesus explains the meaning of the many waters the great whore is sitting upon:
"And He saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are people, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Revelation 17:15
The waters are people who have immigrated to the United States, from all over the earth, from every nation and tongue. Jeremiah also made the same observation concerning Mystery Babylon:
"O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness." Jeremiah 51:13
Jeremiah discloses another aspect of the Great City sitting upon many waters. And that is that the United States is full of lakes, rivers, and streams. She also sits between two great oceans. She is also abundant in vast treasures of natural resources. But her end is on the way because of her covetousness.
Jeremiah continues exclaiming in wonderment, ". . . How is she become as a widow!" When Jesus revealed Mystery Babylon to John on the Isle of Patmos, He declared to him:
"How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." Revelation 18:7
The word deliciously means "to live in luxury." Who can deny that the United States has lived in luxury compared to the rest of the world for many years?
But God has promised this nation will suffer torment and sorrow. The word torment means "to torture" and the word sorrow means "mourning and suffering."
Her citizens have proclaimed in their hearts they live as the queen of all nations and they are no widow, and will see no sorrow. A widow is one who has lost her husband or provider. This nation has lost their provider because they have turned their backs on the one who made them a great nation. Who have they lost? They have lost their Comforter, Christ Jesus.
This nation has turned their backs on God in everything they do - - - in the laws they pass in their court decisions and in their individual lives.
Again, putting line upon line, word upon word we look to the prophet Isaiah:
"And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.
Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me." Isaiah 47:7-10
Even the prophet Zephaniah spoke about the city that dwelt carelessly:
"This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me. How is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! Every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand." Zephaniah 2:15
This nation has been given over to witchcraft with its astrology charts and the worship of false gods. Every false religion has been given place in this nation. Witchcraft is blatantly undermining the minds of our children in the schools' textbooks, and in children's books with such series as `Harry Potter' etc. Instead they have shut out God, their provider. He has been removed from the home, the school, and the government. This is why she will sit as a widow, and no one will come to her aid. Jesus explained her downfall to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, the great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate." Revelation 18:16-19
All these warnings were given to John on the Isle of Patmos. The prophet Jeremiah also wrote of this time:
"Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby." Jeremiah 51:43
God has given us His Word. The cities of the United States will become a desolation, a wilderness, where no man dwells. What is her defense? Jeremiah warns this nation:
"Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of their strength, yet from Me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 51:53
This nation has tried to develop a missile defense system since the 1980's, and none of them work. And even if they could develop this system, it would make no difference. They have forsaken their defense system, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Because of these abominations, God's hand is truly upon this nation, and it is about to come down hard in its finality. This nation has declared itself to be the `Queen of all nations!' But she will sit as a widow, abandoned and mocked at by the world.
As Jeremiah declared: ". . . she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces," Lamentations 1:1c.
This nation was the greatest nation on the face of the earth. Now she has become tributary, or forced to pay tribute. One of the ways this nations pays this tribute is in the form of interest paid to other countries who have loaned her vast sums of money. Another way the people of this nation pay tribute is through individual home loans. Home owners are so heavily indebted, they can only pay the interest (tribute) on their loans.
The word tributary means "forced labor." Today, a laborer in the work force must work until June (that is six months) just to pay their taxes to the government. Thus, taxes, can also be considered tribute.
Jeremiah continues his revelation of the United States:
"She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies." Lamentations 1:2
Today there are many who are weeping sore in the night. The word sore means "to weep bitterly in grief and humiliation." There are many tears upon the cheeks of the people who have lost all they have worked for all their lives. Their homes are being repossessed by the thousands. Their incomes, their very livelihoods, have been wiped out because many more thousands have lost their jobs. Their retirement funds are gone because of bad investments by those who were put in charge of these funds. Tears are on their cheeks as they witness their savings and investments wiped out by Wall Street and `panzi schemes'.
More tears appear when they get the message their son or daughter has been killed in their government's instigated wars. Worse yet, they see their loved ones come home maimed for life with arms, legs, and eyes missing. Many are disfigured for life. Those who escape their misfortunes are saddened greatly, when they see what has happened to the government they looked up to with admiration and respect. Now they hang their head in shame when they hear of all the crooked and irresponsible politicians who have sold this country down the drain.
The last Presidential election was run on the theme of change. Both sides proclaimed the great need for change. What we need to stop and realize is that there has been nothing but change in the government for the last sixty years. As we look at the government today, we can hardly recognize it as the same country our forefathers fought and died for to make us free from tyranny. Few people today even read or have a copy of `The Declaration of Independence' with its immortal words:
"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the cause which impel them to the separation. . ."
The great statesmen who wrote these words were tired of the tyranny imposed upon them by Great Britain. These men risked their lives and their fortunes to become free from Great Britain's rule of power over them. They fought the most powerful nation on earth to be free.
They drafted the Constitution, which is the most precious document ever written, in which man should be governed. Yet the present ruler, President Barach Obama, who was sworn to uphold this Constitution, broke the very tenants of the Constitution because he was not born in this country. This is one of the very basic tenants of the Constitution, which states the President must have been legally born in the United States.
The Supreme Court, who was sworn to uphold the Constitution, turned aside from hearing evidence against this illegal alien. The Congress, both the House and the Senate, ignored this evidence, as did the electoral college which elected him as President.
Yes, there are many tears on the cheeks of those who are aware of this farce and miscarriage of justice. Our national anthem contains the words "land of the free, and home of the brave." These words should be changed to "the land of the slave, and the home of the betrayed."
The tears being shed in our day, are only an example of those tears that will be shed when God's judgment is complete upon this nation. Jeremiah continues:.
" . . . among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies." Lamentations 1:2b
". . . all her lovers. . ." Those this nation have bought with their gifts and handouts have all forsaken her. Jesus forewarned this in His revelation to John:
"The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off." Revelation 18:15-17
Yes, all her purchased friends have forsaken her. All who have taken her handouts and giveaways will be of no comfort to her when God's judgment is finalized. All those who were her friends will turn their back on her - - - and their whole desire will be to see the fall of Mystery Babylon.
What will become of this great nation when God's judgment is finalized? The prophet Jeremiah had much to say about the fall of Babylon:
"Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for their judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies." Jeremiah 51:8-9
The word healed means "to make healthy, to be healed of personal and national distresses." This nation, and its people, are in distress because of the collapse of the dollar, and because of the financial mess the government has gotten them into. Jeremiah also exclaimed:
"Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunken: The nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad." Jeremiah 51:7
The United States was a golden cup in the Lord's hand. But what has the United States done with this golden cup. Jesus tells John:
"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication." Revelation 17:4
The United States has filled God's golden cup with abominations, filthiness, and fornication - - - everything God hates. Jeremiah also discloses:
"And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant." Jeremiah 51:37
When God's judgment is final, there will not be a living person left in this nation. Those who survive God's judgment are those who believe and live by His Word. Jeremiah forewarns all God's people:
"Flee out of the mist of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance; He will render unto her a recompense." Jeremiah 51:6
God warns His people to flee this nation before her judgments come. This same message was given to John on the isle of Patmos:
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4
Those who remain in this nation will receive of her plagues. What are her plagues?
"Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her." Revelation 18:8
The phrase utterly burned means "to be burned up or consumed totally by fire." Jeremiah again warns:
"My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord." Jeremiah 51:45
Can anyone look around, and not know God's judgment hand is upon this nation? So, how will her destruction come? Again, Jesus reveals to John:
"And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all." Revelation 18:21
The United States will be destroyed by violence. And she will not be found any more at all. So, how will her destruction come? Jeremiah gives us added insight into her destruction:
"At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations." Jeremiah 50:46
She will be destroyed with such force, it will move the earth on its axis. And her cry will be heard among the nations. What could cause such force? There is only one thing that will move the earth on its axis, and that is nuclear bombs. This is what Peter revealed by the Spirit to all who will hear:
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?" II Peter 3:10-11
The Day of the Lord is His Day of Judgment. And it will come as a thief in the night, undetected. The heavens will pass away with the same great noise Jeremiah spoke about. The elements (or the splitting of the atoms) shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth where these bombs hit will be burned up. And all the works of man will melt with this fervent heat.
Peter asked, when we know and understand what God has planned for this nation and people, "What kind of people ought we to be in all holy conversation (way of life) and godliness? Praise God for His warnings!
As we look further into the words of Jeremiah, we discover he has a lot to say about the daughters Zion. We need to know and understand that the daughters in the old Testament represent the church and its people in the New Testament.
"The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness." Lamentations 1:4
Zion is mourning. Why is the church system mourning? It is because none come to her solemn feasts. The churches' solemn feasts are their Sunday services. The attendance in the church services has been, and is still dwindling. Many mega churches with their multi-million dollar debt can no longer meet their payments because their attendance and giving has dropped off. Because of this, the leaders of these mega churches are putting extra pressure on the people to meet these obligations. This has not only affected the mega churches, but even the church on the corner who has expanded its outreach ministries to draw in more people. But the people they draw in only stay until the bite is put on them to meet the needs that are expounded to them.
Only the churches who are teaching the people the true word of God are being blessed by God. These have used the money God provided frugally, and are preparing for the time of lack. These have stayed free of debt and are able to use the money God supplied for the good of the people.
We need to ask ourselves, "Why would God send His people to the world's extortion system (banks) to get the money to build a building in which to worship His name?" Many of these mega churches have violated the Word of God by not looking to Him for their supply. In their own strength, they use all kind of man-made plans to get the people to give, give, give to support their opulent life style.
This is why Jeremiah stated, ". . . all her gates are desolate . . ." The gates Jeremiah used should have been translated "doors." Too many churches have truly become desolate buildings, sitting empty and silent. Many churches only have a hand full of people, strapped to taking care of the building's expenses and paying the pastor to meet his needs. Many pastors find it necessary to preach at two or more churches.
Jeremiah proclaims ". . . her priests sigh. . . " The word sigh means "to mourn and groan." These pastors have a hard time making a living because they are locked into a denomination. If they lose attendance, they are removed and replaced. So the pastors cannot proclaim the true Word of God because it would be offensive to the elders of the church who are supporting them. These hirelings mourn and groan because they know they must tickle the ears of the silly women who pay their salary.
Jeremiah continues ". . . her virgins are afflicted. . ." The word virgin means "those who are separate." Many of the denominational churches still have those who remember when God moved in their midst. And they desperately hang on to the hope that those who are in charge of their congregations will see the light and repent of their ways, and let the Spirit have reign again.
Jeremiah stated those who are separated unto the Lord are afflicted. The word afflicted means "to grieve." Many sit Sunday after Sunday, listening to the same lukewarm sermons, and they are grieved because they know God is not in the message, and they are truly in bitterness. But they also know the church down the street has the same message, and a similar organization who expounds the same half truths.
So one may ask, "What is going to become of the church in our day who have forsaken the One they are supposed to represent?" By the influence of the Holy Spirit, Peter reveals to us what the church system can expect:
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Peter 4:17
God is going to bring judgment upon the house of God. And what is to become of those churches that do not obey the gospel of God? Peter continues:
"And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" I Peter 4:18
If the righteous will scarcely be saved, how bad is it going to be for the ungodly and sinner sitting in those churches. Jeremiah speaks of this coming judgment upon God's house:
"Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy." Lamentations 1:5
Jeremiah states, ". . . her adversaries are the chief. . ." The word adversaries means "one who brings oppressive afflictions." Who are the churches' adversaries? She has many. The ACLU will punish and persecute any person or body of people who stand up for the gospel of Christ. The government has become the churches' adversary by legislating God, or even the mention of His name, from every government or public facility.
Other adversaries of the church include false religions, such as the Moslem, the Hindus, the Mormons, the Catholics, and all other false religions. Witchcraft also mocks and make fun of those who are walking, or attempting to walk in righteousness.
The news media shies away from any mention of Christ or His church. Yet, we hear them call the Moslem emons, holy men. All the teachings of these false religions have crept into the church. The prophet Jeremiah addressed this fact:
"We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the Lord's house." Jeremiah 51:51
Strangers, who do not know Christ or His Word, have crept into the churches. They occupy the pulpits with their fancy religious uniforms, and the people never question what they are being taught.
Jeremiah states, ". . . her enemies prosper. . .". Those who have become the adversaries of Christ do appear to be prospering, but when God's judgment comes, there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, when they find out who is really in control of planet earth. The apostle Paul tells us:
"For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ." Philippians 3:18
Those who are adversaries of God are enemies of the cross of Christ. Why would God allow these enemies of His church to prosper? Jeremiah tells us:
". . . for the Lord hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions . . ." Lamentations 1:5c
Judgment will come upon the church for the same reason it will come upon the world. It is because of their transgressions, their sin, and breaking of God's laws. Because of this, God's people have gone into captivity to the world. They no longer have the strength or intestinal fortitude to stand up against the enemies of Christ. Jeremiah explained this:
"And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer." Lamentations 1:6
All the beauty has departed from the daughter of Zion (the church). The word beauty means " glory and majesty." All her glory and majesty is gone. No one fears or even respects the church any more. In the past, when the church spoke the people feared their words and repented. Now their words are made mockery of.
Jeremiah proclaims, ". . . her princes are become like harts that find no pasture. . .". The word hart means "deer." Jeremiah is telling us that when the pastors are offered a better job, they leave, looking for greener pastures - - - constantly looking for more money, better benefits, and more people. When they find their greener pastures they proclaim they have succeeded. What one needs to realize is God did not change their job. Instead, they moved on only to satisfy their own fleshly desires for more, more, and more.
Jeremiah proclaims, ". . . they are gone without strength before the pursuer." The pursuer is the spirit of darkness, whom they serve. He is the god of this world and the head of all fleshly desires. Matthew gives the chief princes this warning:
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23
All those who do what looks like great works, but are not done in the name of Christ and by the Spirit of Christ, their works are in vain, and these works will not be honored by God. Jeremiah continues his lamentations against the church:
"Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O Lord, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself." Lamentations 1:9&10
Her uncleanness is in her skirts. The word skirts means "the high priest's robes." The church has defiled her robes of righteousness. Therefore, as Jeremiah proclaimed, she came down wonderfully. The word wonderfully means "difficult to understand." It is difficult to understand how those who are supposed to minister the Words of God can read His Word and not understand God's coming judgment.
We may ask, "Why is this going to happen to the church?" Jeremiah gave us the answer when he stated, "She has no Comforter." The Comforter is the Holy Spirit. When the church shut the door to the Holy Spirit, it was then their decline came about.
This is when her enemies began to magnify themselves. When man thinks he can do things on his own, without God's help, he will fall flat on his face. This is what has happened to the church. The apostle Timothy reveals what God's elect should do. Timothy speaks of those churches who . . .
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." II Timothy 3:5 & 7
The church has its form religion, but they deny the power. The power in the church is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter. The Holy Spirit is also the power of God. When the church shut out the power of God, it created a democracy instead of a theocracy. When this happened, God left by their open door, and let the enemy have free access.
The church is ever learning church doctrine, what the founders of the denominations have taught, and what wonderful works they did. But they fail to come to the knowledge of the truth. We need to heed the words of Timothy, ". . . from such turn away. . .". There is only one answer to the churches' problems - - - repent and turn back to God and His Word.
This nation and its people cannot escape the wrath of God. The church, with all its doctrines and creeds cannot escape the wrath of God. But those who do repent, and seek God with their whole hearts can be hidden in the day of the Lord's anger. This is the promise of the prophet Zephaniah:
"Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger." Zephaniah 2:3
We can be assured the day of the Lord's anger is about to come upon all those who have forsaken His will and His way. There is only one hope for this nation and the church. Repent and turn back to God with their whole hearts. Then maybe they will be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.
Praise the Lord!
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