“And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes” Luke 19:41-42
I went to bed on last evening with such a grieving in my spirit over the Lord’s Church. So many are abandoning God’s word and running after false teachers. We have just begun to witness the throes of a great falling away. The church seems not to care anymore that the safest place in the whole wide world is in the will of God.
I know, I know what the Word says, but I could not help but to be greived and angry because the Bride is whoring with false gods. What can be said of this church? Doesn’t it see that God will not with hold his anger forever? I dont know how to explain it and confess Im a bit perplexed. In short Im working that out of my system by writing this post. I feel like Habakkuk. How long oh Lord?
The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. Hab
Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth. Hab 1:2
The Lord warns, but his people’s ears are filled with the seductive sounds of the false church and its leaders so they do not hear. In their hearts they do not love Christ nor do they value the priceless shedding of his blood. Some are afraid to speak or act against what they clearly know is wrong because they fear it may mean personal upheaval or retribution against them. A pastor shared with me the other day that as he briefly expounded what the bible says about homosexuality, he got the “pin drop” response. Preachers know what that’s like. Still, he had some Nicodemuses who came privately and encouraged him.
I know we’re dealing with deep spiritual blindness here. As Jesus saw at Jerusalem a snare is being laid and escape will be impossible because God will hide from them the wisdom to escape. Perhaps that is what caused him to grieve openly. He knew repeated disobedience had sealed their fate.
Dont be fooled, watching on the wall is a terrible burden to carry and nothing to be desired. No joy comes to a true prophet because the Lord is constantly showing him/her the ugly things about his people and then commands the prophet to speak out and call for repentance. Ezekiel was in that spot before.
Then he said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar I saw this idol of jealousy.
And he said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing—the utterly detestable things the house of Israel is doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary? But you will see things that are even more detestable.”
Then he brought me to the entrance to the court. I looked, and I saw a hole in the wall. He said to me, “Son of man, now dig into the wall.” So I dug into the wall and saw a doorway there.
And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here.” So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls all kinds of crawling things and detestable animals and all the idols of the house of Israel. In front of them stood seventy elders of the house of Israel, and Jaazaniah son of Shaphan was standing among them. Each had a censer in his hand, and a fragrant cloud of incense was rising.
He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.’ ” Again, he said, “You will see them doing things that are even more detestable.”
Then he brought me to the entrance to the north gate of the house of the LORD, and I saw women sitting there, mourning for Tammuz. He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this.”
He then brought me into the inner court of the house of the LORD, and there at the entrance to the temple, between the portico and the altar, were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east.
He said to me, “Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter for the house of Judah to do the detestable things they are doing here? Ezkiel 8:5-17 NIV
Conflict between the prophet and the people is inevitible because the people reject God’s words. God’s words are offensive to their ears. No miracle blessings. No prosperity and abundance. No high holy days and praise festivals. No favor. Just a cry of repent. Those are dirty words to people who are at variance with God.
These cycles come and go I suppose. But as for me though Im grieved, I will stand on my watch. And he that has an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, for your own spiritual benevolence, please hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.