Woe Be Unto
By George Kirkpatrick
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We know by God's Word of the love He has for His creation man. We also know by the writings of Peter that God is not slack concerning His promises to all mankind.
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." II Peter 3:9
As Peter related, it is not God's will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. This is God's promise. But we also need to know God has pronounced "WOE" to them who will not repent.
"And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the Lord GOD;" Ezekiel 16:23
The word woe means "a passionate cry of grief and despair." God uses the word WOE for those who have disregarded His Word.
"Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways." Hebrews 3:8 & 10
God also uses the word WOE to explain what is acceptable and unacceptable in His sight. The unacceptable things are considered sins before God, and He will always judge sin.
As we begin to search the Scriptures to discover what God has pronounced His woes upon, we know we must repent of these things, so we will not fall short of the glory of God. The prophet Isaiah pronounced God's woes unto the people twenty-one times. Isaiah begins:
"The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declared their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves." Isaiah 3:9
The sin of Sodom today is called homosexuality and lesbianism. Isaiah reveals their sin shows upon their countenance - - - or you tell by looking at them. The last few years the Sodomites have come out of the closet, and are now marching in the streets. They run for public office, serve in the military, and even stand in the pulpits of the churches. They have no shame for their sin. Paul made it very clear what God thinks of Sodomites in his letter to the Romans:
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." Romans 1:21
Their foolish hearts were darkened because of their sin. Paul goes on to say:
"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:" Romans 1:24
The Sodomites dishonor their own bodies, and because of this lust of the flesh, God gave them up to their uncleanness.
"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet." Romans 1:26-27
Sodomy not only affects men, but women also. They both are an abomination before God, and woe is pronounced upon the sin of sodomy in both men and women.
"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;" Romans 1:28
Because of their sin, God has turned them over to a reprobate mind. The phrase reprobate mind means "rejected of God." Those who are involved in such activity are no longer convicted of their sin. The spirit of darkness has deluded them into thinking what they do is acceptable behavior in the sight of God. But as Isaiah declared, "Woe unto them!" Paul continues to describe their sin:
"Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers," Romans 1:29
Today, most of those who are guilty of mass murder are Sodomites. They often kill their victims to hide their sin. But as Paul declared to the church at Corinth:
"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body." I Corinthians 6:18
Those who are involved in sodomy or any other fornication, their sin is against their own bodies. This is why the spread of aids and venereal diseases have become so prevalent. When man cannot control his passion, God will pronounce WOE unto them. Isaiah continues:
"Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!? Isaiah 5:21
The word wise means "skillful in technical work, shrewd, craft, cunning, and wily." Today, man has become so smart, so self-reliant, that he has convinced himself he does not need God, nor does he want God interfering with his life.
The word prudent means "to understand with the mind." Man has come to the place where he no longer believes in the supernatural. He will not accept anything He cannot figure out with His mind. If he cannot figure it out with his natural thinking, he rejects it as not being important. Isaiah continues:
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20
It is common place today to call evil good and good evil. The news announcers call Moslems good and their Emans holy, and the Talmud, the Holy Book. And yet any mention of Christ and His Holy Word, they make out as evil. Those who believe in Christ and the Bible are called `terrorists'. Congress has passed, or is wanting to pass, the `Hate Crime Bill' that states if anyone says anything against the Moslems or Sodomites they can be prosecuted. Even the newspapers print `the things of satan' as light and the things of `light', the things of Christ as darkness. And these untruths are allowed to permeate the whole society's thinking, until confusion reigns, no one knowing good from evil.
In the last sixty + years since the Supreme Court OK'd abortion and allowed prayer to be taken out of our schools, evils in this nation have escalated. Because of these travesties, this nation has been on a steady decline, until the country our fathers and grandfathers knew is no longer recognizable. Isaiah declared:
"Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;" Isaiah 10:1
A decree is a law. The `executive orders' issued by recent Presidents have become the law of the land. These executive orders began with President Roosevelt who wrote the first executive order. He issued these orders as part of his socialist agenda, and the pattern he set has been followed by every President since. Obama, in one of his speeches, stated he would govern by executive order. Executive orders are unrighteous decrees because there is nothing in the Constitution that allows the issuing of such orders. So those who have sworn to uphold the Constitution break the law to make their own laws to govern by.
The Supreme Court, who are only supposed to interpret the Constitution make decisions which are directly opposed to the Constitution, such as the abortion ruling. In essence, they have legalized the murder of millions of our unborn because they ruled a baby is not a human being until it exits the womb. Yet, in the trial of Scott Peterson for the killing of his wife, he faced murder charges for the killing of his unborn son. How twisted and perverted their laws have become. God has given us an example of killing the unborn in His judgment upon Judah:
"Surely at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Judah, to remove them out of His sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon." II Kings 24:3-4
God will not forgive the shedding of innocent blood. There is no more innocent blood than the unborn. This nation, or any nation, who is involved in abortion or the slaughter of children will receive the woes God has pronounced upon them.
Isaiah also added, "Woe unto them who write grievousness which they have prescribed!" Lawmakers today are making many laws which are grievous to the people. Laws made to limit the use of natural resources become grievous laws. When a citizen has to get a license from the government (local, state, or federal), these become grievous laws. One needs a license to drive on the roads your tax dollars have built. One needs a license to hunt or fish to feed their family. On top of this, the state issues laws of what to hunt, when to hunt, how many, and what kind of fish you can catch, etc, etc, etc! Other grievous laws include the taking over of all the energy sources in this country. Although there is plenty of oil to run this nation for a thousand years, grievous laws declare we cannot tap our natural resources because of some organization who says we must protect the environment. In California, they shut off the water causing thousands of farmers and farm hands to lose their livelihood, just so the environmentalists can protect a two inch long fish. These are, indeed, grievous laws, and God has declared WOE unto them.
God's judgment is surely at the door. Government has gotten so out of hand, they no longer answer to anyone. Isaiah is not through pronouncing woes as yet:
"Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin:" Isaiah 30:1
Who do you think God is referring to as His rebellious children? It is His ekklesia, His church. Isaiah states, God's rebellious children seek counsel but not from Him. Instead, they seek the counsel of the world. Today, when God's people think they have been wronged by another, they run to the courts to be vindicated. Paul addressed this problem in the church in his letter to the Corinthians:
"Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? Why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?" I Corinthians 6:7
Paul calls this a fault that exists in God's children. You may say, "I have a right granted by the law." The only rights you, as a child of God, are granted, are by His Word. When we go outside God's Word, then we are taking counsel, but not of Him. Those who depend on their covering under the law have forfeited their covering of His Spirit. And as Paul writes, they add sin to sin. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul warns:
"Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience." Ephesians 5:6
When we listen to the vain words of the world and depend on the law for our defense, then we have become the children of disobedience. And what can we expect if we seek the counsel of the world? As Paul declared, we can expect the wrath of God. Isaiah continues:
"Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:" Isaiah 5:18
Isaiah pronounced WOE upon those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity. The word iniquity means "depravity, and to twist and distort." The word vanity means "emptiness and worthlessness." All these things come from the old sin nature. Those who keep dwelling on past hurts and failures never go anywhere with their relationship with their God. They drag all these hurts and failures along behind them, as it were with a cart rope. A cart rope is what we pull a cart with. These who are guilty of these things load up their cart with unforgiveness, rebellion, and hard feelings which becomes a very, heavy load to carry. These pull their cart along behind them with only one thought, and that is to get even with those who have hurt them. Their hurt could be real or imagined. They share all these hurts with all they meet, reliving their bitterness over and over again. Those who involve themselves in such activities never grow in the Lord. These need to come to the realization they can do nothing about their past mistakes or their past hurts. All they can do is ask God to forgive them, and then rejoice and cut off the cart rope. Isaiah gives us a promise of God:
"I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." Isaiah 43:25
God is still in the forgiving business, and He will blot out all those things in our life. Why! It is for our sake, but most of all it is for His sake. God desires a renewed relationship with us. He has promised He will no longer remember our sin.
Isaiah continues his announcement of the Woes upon the sin that man commits:
"Woe unto him that striveth with His Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to Him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? Or the work, He hath no hands?" Isaiah 45:9
There are many who question everything God is trying to accomplish in their lives. When God is trying to make changes in their life, all we hear is, the devil is being mean to them again. They should know by the Word, that God is making the needed changes in their life, so He can bless them. Paul tried to explain this to the church at Corinth:
"But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world." I Corinthians 11:32
God's people are judged through chastisement. Chastisement is for our correction so we will not be condemned with the world. Many believe God chastises His people for His pleasure. But we need to know He chastises for our correction, and our own good. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul explains God's chastening:
"For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" Hebrews 12:6-7
When we are chastened, God is dealing with us as sons, and it is because He loves us and wants us to once again come into His image and likeness. Paul goes on to explain:
"But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons." Hebrews 12:8
If we do not allow God's chastisements in our life, then God is dealing with us as bastards. The word bastard means "illegitimate, or without a legal father." In the olden days, illegitimate children were treated as if they had no right to exist. They were shunned in every way possible, rejected, and cast out. Paul knew God's chastening was not pleasant, but necessary if one was to become what God created Him to be.
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:11
Our chastisement will yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness in our lives. Isaiah also declared:
". . .Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to Him that fashioneth it, What makest thou?. . ." Isaiah 45:9b
The potsherds are earthen vessels. Let the potsherds strive with the potsherds of the earth; or let the worldly people do what we expect the worldly people to do. But God's people should not question what God is doing in their life, because He is treating us like sons, so He can raise us up to live in His sight. Isaiah again relates:
"But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand." Isaiah 64:8
We are the work of God's hands, to mold and shape us to His liking. The clay has nothing to say or do with what the potter does with it. If we stop striving with His work in our life, He will make us vessels of honor. In his letter to Rome, Paul explains this:
"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?" Romans 9:21
We may ask, "Does God make vessels of dishonour?" Yes, when the worldly people reveal to God they have no desire for Him or what He stands for, He will let them go their own way, and do what they want to do. At this point they have become vessels of dishonour. The word dishonour means "disgrace, shame, and reproach." Those who choose not to walk in God's way are those who bring disgrace, shame, and reproach upon themselves. These have dwelt with the potsherds of the earth, and have learned and lived by their ways.
The prophet Jeremiah also pronounced woe upon another group:
"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture: saith the Lord." Jeremiah 23:1
By the Spirit, Jeremiah pronounced WOE on pastors who destroy and scatter God's sheep. Who are these pastors? It is those in the religious system, who in their fancy suits or religious uniforms, hoodwink the people with their knowledge and made-up stories, and who declare they are the only ones. These destroy and scatter God's flock because they have withheld the Word and the anointing from the flock. The prophet Amos explains how these pastors have scattered God's sheep:
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord, and shall not find it." Amos 8:11-12
This famine is in the church system of our day. The people run to and fro searching for a church that is preaching God's Word. But they come away depressed, despondent, and disappointed because they cannot find God's Word in the church. All they get is their ears tickled. Jesus had the same problem with the religious system of His day as there is in the religious system of our day. Jesus pronounced six woes upon the religious system of His day:
"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the Kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." Matthew 23:13
Jesus called them `hypocrites'. A hypocrite is a play actor who only plays a part, and is not really what he seems to be. Jesus stated the scribes and Pharisees shut up the Kingdom of heaven (the Spiritual realm) from the people. Those who are leaders in the religious systems will not enter in, and they are a hindrance to those who want to enter in. Jesus continues:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation." Matthew 23:14
Again, Jesus calls them `hypocrites' because they devour widows' houses. A widow is one who has no husband. Through their building programs, the leaders of these religious systems have amassed large debt, putting undo pressure on their people to pay these debts they have amassed. Constant pleas for money have consumed the living of many people.
Jesus also pronounced WOE upon their long prayers. They forget the admonition of our God:
"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." Matthew 6:7
Much of their prayers are only vain repetitions. Many have their prayers written out, or they get them out of a book. But they continue with their vain prayer life, believing God will hear them for their much speaking.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves." Matthew 23:15
Jesus spoke this to the religious system of His day and also for those who proselyte in our day. The word proselyte means "to convert one to one's religion." These simply beget after their own kind. Baptists beget Baptists. Methodists beget Methodists. Pentecostals beget Penecostals. Catholics beget Catholics, etc. etc, etc. Jesus admonished them because they did not teach His ways and His Word. Those they proselyte become two fold more the child of hell then they themselves. The religious systems of our day are no different than the religious systems of Jesus' day.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone." Matthew 23:23
Matthew declared WOE to them who tithe mint, anise, and cummin. We may ask "Why would God pronounce woe upon the scribes and Pharisees for paying tithe?" This woe was pronounced because they omitted the weightier matters of the law, or the things of more importance. The scribes and Pharisees tithed of the small herbs used for spices, but failed to pay tithes on all their increase as stated in the law. The same is true today. Many give a portion of their income to a worthy cause to appease their conscience, but fail to fulfill completely the law of the tithe. The word tithe means "ten percent." Anything less than ten percent omits the weightier part of the law. The law is the whole Word of God. Churches who do not teach God's judgment have also omitted the weightier part of the law.
Those who have not been taught God's soon coming judgment will be found unprepared. Many will say, "I do not have to prepare. God has promised to take care of me and my household." If this is true, then we wonder why God raised up Joseph to prepare in the seven years of plenty for the seven years of lack. We wonder why God did not let Noah and his sons rest in the shade instead of building an ark to take them through the flood. We wonder why God's prophets of our day have declared, "Prepare!, Prepare!, Prepare! for the coming judgment. This is why God declared WOE upon the Pharisees. When Jesus was declaring this, He knew the destruction of Jerusalem was less than forty years away.
This same WOE is pronounced upon the church system today, as it was pronounced upon the scribes and Pharisees, because they did not show mercy. They taught the mercy of God, but that did not show mercy to each other. They did not show mercy to the poor, to the wounded, to the homeless, to the broken hearted, to the widows or to the orphans. We must realize we are only a receptacle to receive God's mercy so we can spread it abroad.
The scribes and Pharisees were admonished because they did not show their faith. How many today stand in this same place? We need to ask ourselves, "What is it we have faith in?" Do we have faith in our jobs? Today millions have lost their jobs. Do we have faith in the government? The government has failed the people in everything they do. Do we put faith in our family and friends? God's Word tells us, these too will fail us. Many have put their faith in the religious system. But as we have discovered, Jesus declared those who trust in their religious systems are only hypocrites or play actors. They only serve their religious orders as long as there is no price to pay. Matthew continued to record the words of Jesus:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess." Matthew 23:25
Again, Jesus pronounced WOE on the religious system because they looked good on the outside. When we witness people showing up to church in their fancy cars and expensive clothes and ask them why, they give the same answer, "We must serve God with our best!" Serving God is not based on what we drive or what we wear. This is only, as Jesus declared, cleaning up the outside. But what is on the inside? What is in the heart? The people may look good, talk good, and act good - - - but what is on their minds, and what fills their life? [see "Six Woes on the Religious System" by George Kirkpatrick]
Jesus said the scribes and Pharisees were full of extortion and excess. The word extortion means "to plunder, to rob, and to spoil." Men and women sit in their pews, figuring out how to take advantage of another person or situation. They will use any means they can to plunder and rob those who put their trust in them. Jeremiah spoke of these:
"Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; and come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?" Jeremiah 7:9-10
Man has come to the place where his heart is so hard, he is no longer convicted of his sin. And sin is not talked about in the church system today. When people are convicted of their sin, do they repent? No! They change churches.
Jesus pronounced woes upon the scribes and Pharisees because of their excess. The word excess means "the lack of self-control." Their wants override their common sense. They spend, spend, spend until there is no way out. Then when the day of reckoning comes and the bills must be met, family problems arise, and many times divorce follows. The parents are not the ones who are hurt. It is the children who suffer the most. Many parents never repent. They shirk their responsibilities to their children and their debtors. They file bankruptcy, and start laying up debt all over again. Jesus continues:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." Matthew 23:27
Jesus spoke to the scribes and Pharisees, and said they were like whited tombs, or tombs that have been white-washed. Yes, white-washed, but full of dead men's bones. They looked good on the outside, but were spiritually dead on the inside. They were white-washed to conceal the malice in their hearts. They were white-washed to hide all the uncleanness they were guilty of. In his letter to the Romans, Paul informed them:
"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." Romans 6:13
In Berry's Interlinerly Greek and English New Testament, he translated this Scripture from the original language which stated, "those who are alive from among the dead." We who are alive have the dead all around us. These are those who are part of the religious system, and who are full of dead mens' bones and uncleanness. They may look alive, and they may be white-washed, but they are spiritually dead, devoid of any life of Christ. They are only hypocrites, play acting the part.
Jude also pronounced woe on those who have fallen into sin:
"Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core (Korah)." Jude 1:11
Jude spoke of three men: Cain, Balaam, and Core (or Korah). As we know, Cain killed his brother Abel. Cain killed his brother because his sacrifice was not acceptable before God. Cain's sacrifice was the works of his own hands. Abel's sacrifice was the shedding of blood. God's Word proclaims that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. Today men are still trying to please God with the works of their own hands. But as Cain, their sacrifice will be rejected.
The next man Jude spoke of was Balaam. Balaam was hired by Balak to curse Israel, but instead by God's command, he had to bless Israel. Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos the real reason God cursed Balaam:
"But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication." Revelation 2:14
Today the church system still holds the doctrine of Balaam. The stumbling block Balaam put in Israel's path was that he taught them to eat the things sacrificed to idols. Anything that takes man's time and money becomes an idol in his life. It may be his job, money, things, houses, etc, etc, etc. When we sacrifice what God has given us to these and other things, we are sacrificing to idols.
Balaam also taught Israel to commit fornication and adultery. Today these two things reign supreme in the church system. Now they ordain sodomites, lesbians, and transvestites to minister from the pulpits. What an abomination in the sight of God!
Jude also disclosed those who perish at the gainsaying of Korah. Korah was the leader of a group who rebelled against Moses' leadership in the wilderness. The earth opened up and swallowed the whole bunch, with their wives, children, and everything they owned. There are many today who are gainsayers. The word gainsayers means "to contradict, speak against, deny." This is why there are so many splits in the church today. And this goes on because the church is out of order with no leadership ordained by God.
God did not only pronounce woe upon the church system, He also pronounced woe upon the whole world:
"Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" Matthew 18:7
Jesus pronounced WOE upon the world because of offences. When the world and their activities become offensive to God and to His people, then it is time for God's judgment to be poured out. Yes, God's judgment is on the horizon. God revealed His coming judgment, both to John on the Isle of Patmos and to Ezekiel. Ezekiel was taken by the Spirit to stand before the throne of God:
"And thou shalt speak My words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee." Ezekiel 2:7-8
Ezekiel was to speak to the rebellious house of Israel, just as God's prophets of today are to speak to His rebellious house, the church.
"And when I looked, behold, an hand was set unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; And He spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe." Ezekiel 2:9-10
When God delivered the scroll to Ezekiel, it was written on both sides. All God's judgments were laid out before him - - - all the lamentations, mournings, and woes God was going to bring upon those who do not obey His Word.
"Moreover He said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. And He said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness." Ezekiel 3:1 & 3
When Ezekiel ate the scroll, it was sweet as honey in his mouth.
"And He said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;" Ezekiel 3:4-5
After Ezekiel ate the scroll, God informed him to go to the house of Israel and speak what he had learned from the scroll. God has done the same thing with His prophets today. They diligently spend time consuming the Word, and then God sends them to His people to warn them of His coming judgment.
"But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto Me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted." Ezekiel 3:7
God knew His people would not hear the words of the prophet, because they were impudent. Today, we would call this `gospel hardened'. Many people have come to the place where they will not receive anything that upsets their way of life. They have become so hardhearted (which means stubborn, stiffnecked, and obstinate), they will only believe what their denomination teaches. God informed Ezekiel:
"As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house." Ezekiel 3:9
Those who have filled themselves with God's Word, and know the truth of the matter, are not about to change their minds, no matter if they are believed or not. God has sent them to a rebellious house, and they are to speak God's Words, whether the people hear or whether they forebear.
When Jesus appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos, He showed John the same little book as He showed Ezekiel:
"And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon His head, and His face was as it were the sun, and His feet as pillars of fire: And He had in His hand a little book open: and He set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth," Revelation 10:1-2
The little book was open in the hand of the angel, which meant God was ready to pour out His judgment.
"And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey." Revelation 10:9
When John ate the book - - - which means he had consumed it - - - the contents (as it was with Ezekiel's roll) were sweet as honey in his mouth, but it made John's belly bitter. When John digested what he read in the book, he was grieved in his innermost being. Then God spoke to John the most amazing thing.
"And He said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings." Revelation 10:11
John is still prophesying today. Whenever prophets read and understand John's revelation, and share it with the people, then John truly is prophesying again before many people. John's words have gone to all the nations of the world. There is no reason for anyone who has the anointing of the Holy Spirit to have God's judgment come upon them unawares.
John also revealed what the spirit of darkness is about to do:
"Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." Revelation 12:12
The spirit of darkness knows he has but a short time left to get all those who will inhabit his kingdom. He knows it is just a short time before God's glory and His Spirit is going to be poured out in its fulness. Praise the Lord.
Yes, God's judgment is on the horizon, but so is God's glory. As Paul explains to the church at Rome:
". . . where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." Romans 5:20b
And sin is abounding as never before. So, those who are looking toward the light are looking for God's grace to overflow in their lives. Those who are standing on God's promises have nothing to fear. As Peter related:
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." II Peter 3:9
God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But we know this will not happen. And all those who reject God's free gift of eternal life will suffer God's woes!
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