A MESSAGE TO THE NATIONS – the Lord says “YOU NO LONGER KNOW ME”  Jeremiah 1-9 Do you Know my King?

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Truth has perished; it has disappeared from their mouth. Jeremiah 7:28b
The people no longer know the requirements of the Lord. Jeremiah 8:7b
They reject the word of the Lord and the scribes lying pen produces falsehood Jer 7:8-9
“YOU LIVE IN A WORLD OF DECEPTION AND REFUSE TO KNOW ME” Jer 9:6

               God told Jeremiah he would be a prophet to the nations. The message was directed at the nation of Judah, but as I read the words, my heart trembles. It’s as if the words are going out today to all the Nations. We have become like Judah, we are all show. “In God we trust” is on our currency. Our children pledge daily that we are “One nation under God” but we refuse to let His name be spoken in our schools. We punish our people for praying publicly to the Lord. We refuse to listen to His words. We have allowed this terrible sin to spread like a disease throughout our country. Prayer is forbidden – who did this? One nation under God we proclaim – like Judah, our face is before Him, but we have turned our backs on Him.

Judah watched her northern sister Samaria, Israel fall to sin and then ultimately destruction. The land was ravaged and the people were taken into captivity. Both Judah and Israel began as a nation under God. They had rulers who had hearts for the Lord. They prospered in everything they did, they were powerful and the nations feared them. Their rulers had supernatural wisdom and protection. The people of the land served the Lord God and honored His sanctuary. (Just like America!) As the years passed, the people became lazy, fat, living in over abundance and luxury. Their hearts had drifted far from God. To make their ways more acceptable, they made up their own ways and contradicted God’s word to fit their new ways and new lifestyles. They still followed the traditions of their ancestors in worship, temple attendance, rituals, etc., but their hearts were far from the Lord. They no longer knew Him. They brought in practices from the nations around them, they told the Lord, “We will go where we want; we will no longer come to You”   and yet in all this, they still proclaimed “ We are innocent, surely the Lord will turn His anger from us for we have not sinned but God told them that their ways were always changing.. They had no heart for the orphan, the oppressed, the hurting, the helpless. In all their luxury and blessings, they had forgotten the Lord. They no longer knew Him. 

They are fat and sleek,
    and there is no limit to their wicked deeds.
They refuse to provide justice to orphans
    and deny the rights of the poor.
 Should I not punish them for this?” says the Lord.
    “Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?
 A horrible and shocking thing
    has happened in this land—
 the prophets give false prophecies,
    and the priests rule with an iron hand.
Worse yet, my people like it that way!
    But what will you do when the end comes? Jer 5:28

    The Lord said “ My people are fools; they do not know Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing what is evil, but they do not know how to do what is good…. They have contradicted the Lord and said “ It won’t happen, harm won’t come to us; we won’t see sword or faminebut beware!!!! The prophets words are only wind, the Lord’s word is not in them. Hear this; They have eyes, but they don’t see, they have ears but they don’t hear.

 

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A dream:      A year of two ago I had a dream. There was a horrible, wicked and conniving attorney. He was dressed in a dark suit , he had files of paperwork and years of knowledge behind him. I could see Him going back and forth telling another attorney something. He was always behind the people whispering in their ear. He never spoke for them, but he was the behind the scenes man who did all the legwork on the case. He would whisper his findings secretly in their ears, he brought all his arguments to their thoughts. He knew every trick, the way around every argument and knew how to manipulate the words  so they would win the case. It was almost as if he would listen in to the conversation, go do the research, spy on the opposing attorney and report back to his side. He was hard at work behind the scene of this team who was trying to fight for something. He would listen in at the meetings, leave to do research and come back with a hard hitting plan that would undoubtedly win. For each obstacle they faced, this wicked attorney had the ammunition and words to win. He was unstoppable, he knew the plans of the other side and would prepare a case to knock it down before the words were every made known to his side. He was a spirit. No one could see him but me. The attorney and his team thought these ideas were their own, their own intelligence, and their own arguments, but they didn’t realize it was completely orchestrated by this wicked spirit who was giving them all the information and arguments they needed to win the case. The case that I was watching was called Roe vs. Wade, I could hear the attorney’s speaking their names in the meeting. I woke up and felt as if I had been through the entire trial watching this wicked entity scheme and manipulate every word and every argument. This is the enemy our nation is fighting. This is the enemy the world bows down to. Is it in fear? Cowardness? Pride? Or is it that we don’t know our God anymore?
photo from npr. How many babies died today? counter clock

We have made our own ways, we have contradicted God’s laws. Our faces are before Him as we proclaim that we are ‘Christian’ but our backs have turned on our maker. Many of today’s Christians have bowed down to the world and it’s ways. We are lukewarm! Yuck –  we judge, we gossip, we look down on others, we stay in our own little church hierarchy groups, no wonder no one want’s to go to church anymore.  Are we any different than the world – I think worse because we make excuses for our ways under the title of being a christian. I’m not talking to the world – this message is for those who call themselves Christians. We have chosen the World ways instead of God’s ways. We show up at church and our bible meetings just like the people of Judah did over 2000 years ago. We have made our own image of what we think God is and what we think God should and should not accept. Don’t you know that God’s word stands forever? The earth beneath you may disappear, but His words stand forever. He is outside of time, the argument of what year it is, is no different than it was in the past. Sin is sin. That doesn’t change because of the year we are in. Who do we think we are? We are just a speck of time traveler passing through – we think we are so advanced but outside of time – does our year and do our advances really change God’s word?

YOU HAVE NOT LATELY CALLED ME “ MY FATHER” I THOUGHT, SURELY YOU WOULD RETURN TO ME, BUT YOU DIDN’T. YOU DIDN’T RETURN TO ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART – ONLY IN PRETENSE” but Look!, their ear is uncircumcised so they cannot pay attention. See! They no longer delight in God’s word, they find no pleasure in it. God told them to stop at the crossways and look, ask Him which way to go, but the people shouted “WE WILL NOT LISTEN” , they paid no attention to the Lord’s word. And then YOU COME AND STAND BEFORE ME in My house and say “ We are delivered, so we can continue doing all these detestable acts”, but the Lord says “ I have spoken to you time and time again, but you won’t listen, I have called to you, but you wouldn’t answer

Did you hear that?  Do you hear Him knocking at the door of your heart? I heard Charles Stanley say that we have ignored the Lord’s knocking on our heart for so long, that we no longer hear it. When He wakes you up in the middle of the night – are you too tired for Him? Are you like the bride in the Song of Songs who says – not now, I don’t want to get up out of bed to answer the door – even though I love you? Do you see your bible sitting untouched in the same place and you know God wants you to open it up and read it, but you say – not now, another time? I think there are forces we do not see that fight against our walk with Him. Have you ever walked by a bag of chips , the tv, or the computer and felt that same pull away from it? No – it’s only when we are trying to make time with the Lord – funny how much time we have to be on the internet, facebook, watch tv – but somehow there is never enough time for God – I’m convinced there is some kind of force involved in this. It really doesn’t take much – reach over, pick it up, open it- pray! And read – y ya! That’s it, it’s really not that complicated and it doesn’t take hours out of your day (for some it does) but God just wants you to come back to Him- He loves you so much and I saw Him reaching out to His people – as if each one of you were His only son. So amazing! It cannot be described!

 Secret Key – from Jeremiah 6:10- Delighting in the word of God is the secret to hearing Him, it’s the secret to understanding Him. When the people no longer heard the Lord, they no longer had sound judgement because they did not delight in the Word of God.

   In Corey Russel’s book, Ancient Paths , he says “The crisis of our day is the product of many factors, but the one I want to highlight……is the loss of intimate communion with the Word of God. This fundamental breakdown within the church has now permeated society….Truth has become a matter of individual ideology and preference, subject only to political correctness…… I believe that rediscovering the ancient paths will require us to leave behind our over familiarity with the bible, along with our tendency to discount the words on the page, so that we may truly feel it’s weight again.”

 “THE PRIEST RULE WITH THEIR OWN AUTHORITY, MY PEOPLE LOVE IT LIKE  THIS” This is going on today!!! Do you see it? Do you see it? The churches and the priests make their own rules overriding God’s word. Does anyone see this? We have become like Judah. Each man  has made his own way, we are just like the Israelites  who lived 2500 years ago, we too love it this way.

     The fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding. Did you ever wonder what that means? We all want understanding, but how can we have the fear of the Lord ? Can  I say, okay, I fear the Lord and boom! I will be given understanding? I have found the key and foundation to the fear of the Lord. It all begins with knowing Him. Knowing Him begins by learning who He is by searching for Him in the scripture, crying out to Him and walking with Him.  This was Judah’s ultimate sin – They no longer knew Him. This is America’s sin today – We no longer know Him.

 Consider the sins of Judah, The Lord called them out on their sins: (do any sound familiar?)

  • Experts in the law NO LONGER KNEW HIM
  • They stopped calling the Lord “My Father”
  • They shouted “We won’t listen”
  • Worshipped the works of their own hands
  • They paid no attention to His word
  • Followed useless idols and they themselves became useless
  • Stopped asking “Where is the Lord?”
  • The priests stop asking “Where is the Lord?”
  • Abandoned the Lord
  • They exchanged God for useless idols
  • Dug cisterns for  themselves that cannot hold water
  • No fear of the Lord
  • Insisted “ I will not serve!”
  • They forgot the Lord 2vs 32, 3:21
  • They were constantly changing their ways
  • Living immoral lives
  • As a woman betrays her lover, so they had betrayed Him
  • They had perverted their ways
  • They refused to accept discipline
  • Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips
  • They refused to return
  • They no longer trembled before Him.
  • The priests rule by their own authority
  • As a well gushes out it’s water, so she pours out her evil
  • They make prophet dishonestly
  • They have treated the people’s brokenness superficially by saying “peace, peace, when there is not peace”
  • They were not ashamed when they sinned, they no longer felt humiliation
  • They refused to ask for God’s guidance
  • They rejected instruction
  • Worshiped and offered sacrifices to the queen of heaven
  • They worshipped idols
  • They defiled God’s house
  • Truth has perished and disappeared from their mouths
  • Lived immorally making excuses for their ways as they walked in and out of the sanctuary with their sacrifices, prostitution, wickedness
  • Their worship was all show, they were fake
  • They lived to deal treacherously and excelled in evil matters, greedy wicked perverted lying sneaky, they didn’t care for the orphan, the widow, no love for others,
  • They did not defend the rights of the needy, oppressed, innocent or helpless.
  • The priests ruled by their own authority and not God’s rule and authority
  • Their ways were now erred because they had forgotten Him
  • They had twisted and contradicted His word Their ways were now erred because they had forgotten Him
  • They were not ashamed
  • Sacrificed their children, their sons and daughters in the fire – something so vile, a thing not commanded, a thought never even entertained by the Lord
  • No one could be trusted
  • Everyone spread slander
  • Friends betray friends
  • No one tells the truth
  • Live in a world of deception and refuse to know Him

 Their Punishment:

(God warned time repeatedly of the punishment that was ahead, He continually called them back. He gave them chance after chance after chance, but there came a day when it was too late. There will be a day for each of us when there will not be a day of second chances. Listen to Him.)
  • Disaster on the land
  • Cities laid waste and in ruins
  • They turned into a degenerate and foreign vine
  • Their sin defiled the land
  • No food, no rain,
  • Destruction, war, death, ruined cities
  • Sword – war
  • Their children, flocks, land, wealth would be consumed by other nations
  • Sickness and wounds
  • You will be driven from His presence
  • Whatever the Lord had given them, will be lost to them
  • Terror
  • The Lord would no longer be with His people
  • Their guilty acts have withheld the Lord’s blessings on them

 What can I do?

  •  KNOW YOUR GOD
  •  STOP AT THE CROSSROADS AND LOOK
  • ASK ABOUT THE ANCIENT PATHS: WHICH WAY SHOULD I GO LORD?
  • LISTEN TO HIM AND FOLLOW HIS LEADING;HERE YOU WILL FIND REST
  • Cut off what is causing you to sin, even if you desire it. The Lord says, “How long will you harbor malicious thoughts in your hearts?” Jer 4:14
  • Acknowledge your guilt in your rebellion against the Lord
  • Seek Him with all your heart
  • Help the widow, the orphan, the oppressed and the helpless – isn’t that what it means to know the Lord
  • Return to Him and He will give you shepherds who are loyal to Him, He will heal your unfaithfulness
  • Remove your idols that stand in the way between you and the Lord
  • Prepare your heart, break up the unplowed ground. Fill  your heart and your mind with God’s word
  • circumcise your hearts, get rid of anything that makes you sin or entices you to trip or His wrath will break out like fire and no one can extinguish it
  • Mourn and repent for your ways
  • Act justly and seek to be faithful and He will forgive you
  • Correct your ways and your deeds
  • Do not trust in deceitful words
  • No longer oppress the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow
  • No longer shed innocent blood
  • No longer bow down and offer sacrifices to the queen of heaven
  • No longer worship your idols
  • Stop trusting deceitful words that cannot help you.

 Are you called to be a gatekeeper?
Do they hear your voice?
I want you to think about this – if the world doesn’t hate you yet, are you really stepping out?  Jesus said blessed are those Who are persecuted for His name sake. Rejoice in the world’s rejection of you,  you will be blessed. The Lord will be with you, these words you can trust. The World hates Him, does it hate you? Have you made your own ways? Your own rules? Your own god? If you are trying to make everyone happy by changing God’s ways to suit the people around you, you have become just like these evil priests in Judah. They didn’t not heal the people, they only covered the wound with false words. Stand up, Be strong and courageous. You weapons are mighty before God to defeat every wicked entity that comes against God’s people. Stop following the crowd and be ready for extreme persecution, for the Lord is about to shake things up, but remember this – in Him and in Him alone is victory – wether life or death, it doesn’t matter – all that matters is that He is glorified. We look forward to that day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Amen

Three Secret Keys – may God give you understanding:

  1.  Do you fear Him? – That’s the key to understanding
  2.  Do you know Him? – That’s the key and foundation to the fear of the Lord
  3. Do you delight in His Word? – That’s the key to hearing Him

Hear the Word of the Lord:   

“I will pour out my terrible fury on this place. Its people, animals, trees, and crops will be consumed by the unquenchable fire of my anger.

 “But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.  From the day your ancestors left Egypt until now, I have continued to send my  My servants, the prophets—day in and day out. But my people have not listened to me or even tried to hear. They have been stubborn and sinful—even worse than their ancestors.

 “Tell them all this, but do not expect them to listen. Shout out your warnings, but do not expect them to respond. Say to them, ‘This is the nation whose people will not obey the Lord their God and who refuse to be taught. Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips Shave your head in mourning, and weep alone on the mountains. For the Lord has rejected and forsaken this generation that has provoked his fury.’ Jer 6

You have brought this punishment upon yourself by abandoning the Lord your God. Your own evil will discipline you.Think about it and see how evil and bitter it is to abandon the Lord your God and to have no fear of Me. Even if you wash with lye and use a great amount of soap, the stain of your sin is still in front of Me. Jeremiah 2

If they had known the Father, they would have known the Son.

 Jesus said “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” 
Luke 10:22

Walking through Ezekiel 13: A Word for Today

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    Ezekiel 13 addresses two people: the lying prophets of Israel and the lying daughters who prophesied out of their own heart. Ezekiel 13 is also a message for each one of us. Are the words we hear God’s truth? God’s absolute truth must be our foundation. We must make sure the teachings we have heard are truth so we don’t build our lives on lies.

False Prophets and white washed walls   

        The prophets were to protect the people by building a wall of defense around them. This wall would protect them from their enemies. Was this literal? Figurative? Or both?  Whatever the answer, the message is clear – the prophets were not building a sturdy and safe wall of protection for the people.  This left an open door for the enemy to come in and attack. Scripture uses the word ‘white wash’ or a slimy mortar as the filing agent the prophets used to fix the breaks in the wall. Instead of building their wall of protection with a true and fortified defense, they only covered up the cracks.  They tried to make everything look right, saying their words were from God, but they were only covering up the truth. What was the truth? The breaks in the walls were still there even though they hid them. This white wash seems to symbolize the lies and false teachings of these prophets. Building our foundation on lies is like covering the breaks in the wall or building a house on sand. The scripture reminds me of the parable of the man who built his house on the rock and the man who built his house on the sand. One house crumbled down and one house stood firm. Their structures were the same, but the foundation beneath them caused them to either stand firm or crumble.

     Notice-when the defense or wall was weak (unstable with cracks), the enemy came in. In Genesis 4:6, the Lord warns Cain

 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.

      Sin is always crouching at our door to overtake us. What is the foundation you rely on? Are you relying on the whitewash of the walls or are you fully grounded and rooted in the Word of God as in Jeremiah 17:7-8 and unshakable? Have you allowed the desires of the world and worries to come in and steal God’s Word from your heart?

    The false prophets prophesied of their own heart. The Hebrew meaning of the word heart is: feelings, reflection, inner man and thinking. In other words, the words were made up prophesies that did not come from God. This same thing is happening today. Ezekiel’s words may be ancient but the message stands forever. Remember back in Jeremiah we were taught that if a prophet prophesies Peace! Good Tidings! Money! And the Whoo Hoo’s – we are to consider it, but don’t believe it until it happens. On the other hand, when we hear a warning we are to listen and take heed.

            The true work of the prophet in Ezekiel 13:

  1. To fortify the walls, fill in the breaks and make it a strong defense from enemies
  2. To protect and warn the people
  3. To keep the people safe

           The False prophets of Ezekiel 13

  1. They claim “The Lord saith” but the Lord did not speak to them
  2. They expected God to make their claims come true, hoping the Lord would cause it to happen
  3. Covered the truth with lies building the walls with whitewash, a slimy mortar that wouldn’t hold. Foolishness
  4. They envisioned futility and devise lies
  5. Made people hope in their false predictions
  6. They were like foxes in the desert- to devour and destroy. They were sly and seducing
  7. Seduced God’s people with false promises and good tidings- Peace! When there was no peace. Prosperity! Peace! Money! (Coexist?!)  
  8. They caused the people to wander far from God.

     The lies the people believed and listened to would soon be their downfall. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? The sheep were punished because they followed the wrong shepherds.  We are each individually responsible to consider and search out the truth. You are responsible to search the bible, to seek God and make sure the teachings you have been taught are true and reliable. Claiming ignorance before the throne won’t work. He knows you.  And know this- just because you see miracles in the way you do things doesn’t mean it is the hand of God. We are warned the antichrist will come with signs and miracles also, this is why knowing the truth of God’s Word is so important. In Jeremiah, the people prayed and worshipped the Queen of Heaven. When they did, the people lived in peace and had all they had. Jeremiah warned them by the Word of God to stop but they refused. Their reply was – We have been worshipping the Queen of Heaven all these years and we have lived in health and prosperity and we won’t change. The people continued to mix pagan rituals and brought them into the temple. I wonder if we have done the same. I know there might be traditions engrained in my life that are not of God, or maybe there are things I should be doing that I’m not. The days are no different now than the days of Ezekiel or Jeremiah . Imagine throwing away one of your family traditions, that’s how the people in Ezekiel’s day felt. They went to the temple, feeling all holy and righteous; they would bow down to the Sun god and perform pagan rituals at the gates of the temple. Am I talking about a certain religion? No- it’s a warning to consider all our teachings, everything we hear, and ask for discernment. There are many tv preachers that have mixed up God’s Word , just be careful. God promises us that if we Seek, we will Find. If we knock, He will open the door. If we Ask, He will answer. Seek, Ask, Knock – find the truth.

 LYING WOMEN Prophets

      Besides the false prophets, The Lord also spoke against false prophetesses who would prophesy from their own heart. They sewed magic charms to attach to their sleeves and made veils for their heads as they searched for lost spirits. I’ve read different views on this, so this is my take on it. Read it for yourself and ask God to give you discernment. I believe there are many lessons and many layers to scripture, so maybe there is another message for you written within the words.

      Of course, the first thing we think of is fortune tellers, sorcerers, witches and such. This may be true, but I think these woman were hidden and blended among the Holy people. They seemed like holy godly woman. They claimed to hear from the Lord.  Scripture is clear that magic and sorcery is a sin, but these women mixed it up so you couldn’t tell Holy from evil. It was mixed. Does the bible say we can’t sew something on our sleeve? Uhhh no. Does the bible say we can’t wear a veil? Uhhhh, I don’t think so. ……and so the lying women deceived the people into using beads, charms, veils and other rituals that caused the people to wander far from God. You see, its key to ask yourself  ‘Does this honor God or does this take my focus off God?’

     We’re safe here, right? Well, I don’t know. Do we have magic charms? Crystals? Dream catchers? magic charms on your bracelet? necklace?Idols we hold on to for good luck? You didn’t like that one did you- oh no, I heard you making excuses for what you had. That’s exactly what the people of Israel did. “What’s the big deal Lord? It’s just a pillow on my sleeve, and so what If I chase after dead souls” yea, dead souls/ spirits they chased after. They searched out for the lost souls- the wording is different in different scriptures. If this is true, let’s look at what they did. They were calling out for people who had died.  God said:

 ” Why don’t you search out for the souls who are living!?!?!?!?! Why don’t you save the lives of the souls that are coming to you!?!?!?!!?”

                How would you answer that?

     As the prophets above were referred to as foxes, so the people who came to the prophetesses were their prey to devour and destroy. The Lord said that the lying daughters who prophesied from their own heart had made the hearts of the righteous sad and strengthened the hand of the wicked. “They made the hearts of the righteous sad”

       When we believe and trust in false words our wall of protection is no protection at all. It looks like it, but it’s not. Because they listened to false prophets, their protection was gone and now they were prey to their enemy. Believing in wrong teaching is dangerous and detrimental to your eternal life. You decide. Do you want to keep listening and believing everything that sounds so good or will you let God’s word pierce your heart and change you. When I watched Billy Graham last week, his words were so powerful. The message of the cross and repentance never gets old. Each day it’s a brand new message. Remember the Cross today and what the Lord did for you. Remember the blood that was shed for our wretched ways.  Decide to change and be Holy as God, your creator, created you to be.

   Lord,
    Search me and see if there is anyway that is not right, if  there is any way in me that is not in line with your scripture. Give me discernment between what is Holy and what is not Holy. Give me a heart like you O Lord, to love what you love and despise what you despise. Help me put away anything that is an abomination before you . Open my eyes so I can see the truth and that each one of us would save the souls that come to us.
In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen

Hear the Word of the Lord
Ezekiel 13

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, that prophesy, and say thou unto them, that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God, Woe unto the foolish Prophets that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing. O Israel, thy Prophets are like the foxes in the waste places.

Ye have not risen up in the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel, to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen vanity, and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith it, and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word of their prophecy.  Have ye not seen a vain vision? and have ye not spoken a lying divination? ye say, The Lord saith it, albeit I have not spoken. Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Because ye have spoken vanity and have seen lies, therefore behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God,

And mine hand shall be upon the Prophets that see vanity, and divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord God.10 And therefore, because they have deceived my people, saying,Peace, and there was no peace: and one built up a wall, and behold, the others daubed it with untempered mortar,

11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: for there shall come a great shower, and I will send hailstones, which shall cause it to fall, and a stormy wind shall break it.12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in my wrath, and a great shower shall be in mine anger, and hailstones in mine indignation to consume it.14 So I will destroy the wall that ye have daubed with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof, and ye shall know, that I am the Lord.

15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered mortar, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither the daubers thereof,16 To wit, the Prophets of Israel, which prophesy upon Jerusalem, and see visions of peace for it, and there is no peace, saith the Lord God.

17 Likewise thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart: and prophesy thou against them, and say,

18 Thus saith the Lord God, Woe unto the women that sow pillows under all armholes, and make veils upon the head of everyone that standeth up, to hunt souls: will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye give life to the souls that come unto you?19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley, and for pieces of bread to slay the souls of them that should not die, and to give life to the souls that should not live, in lying to my people, that hear your lies? 20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will have to do with your pillows, wherewith ye hunt the souls to make them to flee, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them to flee. 21 Your veils also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hands to be hunted, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.22 Because with your lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad, and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life,23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

Unshakable Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Sometimes life throws a grenade my way….a bomb, ninja chucks– could be anything!  No matter what may come my way, I know that in whatever state I am in, I can always hope in the Lord.  And what is hope? Hope is knowing that I will be victorious NO Matter how many grenades are thrown my way.

 We can have peace and hope in our storms

 What are your thinking– doubt? Fear? Unbelief?  Philippians 4:8 tells us to FIX OUR THOUGHTS. God’s peace, which is beyond our understanding, protects our hearts and minds. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. It’s like a fortress of protection around you:  “ Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.

This protection is like an iron fortress around your heart and mind.

Consider this verse in Jeremiah1:18-19:  Today, I  am the One who has made you a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land- against the kings of Judah, it’s officials, it’s priests, and the population. They will fight against you but never prevail over you, since I am with you to rescue you.

     I never considered this as a verse concerning my heart, but as I was talking to the Lord I understood.  I can see all the troubles that may or may not come my way- and I feel unshakable- I feel like an iron fortress has been set around my heart and mind. Maybe this verse has more than one meaning? Maybe we need to remember and know that the Lord is here to rescue each one of us – we can trust in Him, His Word and His promises. The Lord protects us through our faith and trust in Him- our faith is built up with each fiery trial we go through, that is why James tells us :   Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:3-4

What are you thinking? 

 We are told to fix our thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise  Then the God of peace will be with you. Phil 4:8-9

I am like a tree planted along a riverbank

Don’t be discouraged if you feel shaken, but remember that you can stand unshakable because the Lord is the source of your strength and the source of your righteous. Through Him, we can stand unshakable like the tree in Jeremiah 17:7-8 and Psalms 1:2-3

 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
    and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
    with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
    or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
    and they never stop producing fruit

Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.
 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.
 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do 

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 I dissected Jeremiah 17:7-8 and searched out the meaning of each word; this is what I found:

      Blessed are you mighty and strong man of valor because you have put your trust and hope in the Lord. You have found your confidence and security in the Most High God.  You shall be like a tree transplanted along the refreshing waters of the river that sendeth out its roots by the river.  Because you have put all your trust in the Lord and not put your trust in your own strength or wealth, you stand unshakable, for the Lord is with you.

           When heat or drought comes, you shall not be concerned or worried because you are always bearing fruit and your leaves will always be green. Attacks and storms may come your way, but not a branch shall be moved. You will prosper and flourish through all your storms, in drought, in valleys and through all the troubles that try to come against you. Even in times of drought or destitution, though the rain not fall for a period of time, you shall be unshakable, you will not be anxious or worried. You will prosper in perfect peace without fear. You trust fully in the Lord. You will not be sorrowful when troubles arise for you know that the Lord protects you. He is your rock and your fortress. Though these times come and go, you will never stop yielding fruit, you will accomplish all the Lord has planned for your life. You will always be provided for and your life will produce much fruit.

     You count it all joy when troubles come and you know that we are destined for such troubles. You can rejoice in your problems and trials for we know they help us and strengthen us. We can remind ourselves as David did “ I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” 

 Shout it out: I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.  For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

   Jeremiah 17:7-8 Reminds me that no matter what is happening  or coming my way, I will not be knocked down. I can feel the arrows of doubt and disbelief trying to penetrate my heart to shake me up, but I sense a strong fortress, like iron, protecting me.  With each trial I go through, the Lord changes me and strengthens me.  I love Romans 5:3-4 (NLT) We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials because we know they develop endurance within us, this endurance develops strength of character, this strength of character strengthens our confident hope of salvation, and this hope of salvation does not lead to disappointment because we know God loves us because He has given us His Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.

   It is easy to get shaken up when we hear bad news or doom ahead- finances, the what if’s….It’s truly amazing to know that the Lord has protected me during this time. I know He has a strong fortress around me as I trust in Him. He has put a strong fortress of protection around my heart and mind and that is how He has made me unshakable.  A few years a go I cried out to the Lord during a tough time, I felt like I couldn’t take it anymore and I cried out to the Lord. He heard me and as I prayed, He sent me a verse:  

 “I, yes I, am the one who comforts you.
    So why are you afraid of mere humans,
    who wither like the grass and disappear? Isaiah 51:12
 
 The Lord showed me that I wasn’t trusting in Him. I was trusting in the words I heard around me and allowed myself to fear. 
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Heb 13:6
   
 

 

Hear the Word of the Lord:

I wait quietly before God,  for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation,   my fortress where I will never be shaken. So many enemies against one man— all of them trying to kill me.To them I’m just a broken-down wall or a tottering fence. They plan to topple me from my high position.  They delight in telling lies about me.They praise me to my face   but curse me in their hearts. Let all that I am wait quietly before God,  for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.My victory and honor come from God alone.   He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times.  Pour out your heart to him,  for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:1-8

Psalm 16:8 I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me
2 Corinthians 8:2-5 (talking about the church in Macedonia) “They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will.  They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.”
Hebrews 11:6 “it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him”
1 Peter 1:7 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls
 1 Peter 4:12  Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
Joshua 10:25 “Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged,”  “Be strong and courageous, for the Lord is going to do this to all of your enemies
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong
Isaiah 57:15 The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.
Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Psalm 31:24 So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!
Galatians 5:22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you
 Isaiah 28:16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken
Psalm 31:24 So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!
Psalm 23:4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
Micah 7:7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper
; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

 Isaiah 28:16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken
 
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THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON- Revelation 19:11-21 The day of the Lord

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         And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon (aka Mount of Megiddo) Revelation 16:16

  This post describes the day when the Lord returns to earth as depicted in Revelation 19:11-21. The more I study, the more information I find – it seems to never end. I have collected verses that I think may further detail this day- now there are many interpretations, so decide (through your own study) on your own.  There is a battle in Revelation 19 and a different one in Revelation 20 (end of the 1000 year reign with Christ). As for the rapture, that is another subject. (but some may say this is rapture) Whether we believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, a mid or a  post- tribulation rapture,(or none)  I think we can all agree on these two things:

 1.      Be ready for the Lord at any moment- keeping yourself ready at all times and pray without ceasing for the salvation of others
2.      Be ready for persecution Know that if we live- it is for the Lord, and if we die- it is for the Lord.

       I have been told by the Lord to 1-Prepare for Him, 2- He is about to pour out His wrath 3- we must invite others and go after the lost. I do feel, and I know others do also, a great urgency in our spirit to gather in as many as we can.
  

 Revelation 19:11-21 The Lord of Heavens Armies.

         Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.  The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.  From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress.  On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords
            Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared.  Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.” Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies           

       I believe that this may also be the same day that another two major events will happen.

  1. Fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah 12-14 “They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son:” Zechariah 12:10 A river of cleansing for the Jewish people. Jesus comes back to attack the nations who hate Israel- and Zechariah12:4 gives us more details” “On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations” and in verse 9: “ On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem” Could this be the 144,000 that were sealed by the angel in Revelation 7 (and 14)? Maybe…but I don’t have enough proof here to go into detail, but it makes sense. Matthew 24 may prove this: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other”
    side note: This could be the 144000 sealed, and if the following verses in Revelation 4 describe them in heaven- then maybe those sealed are taken up at that time “taken out of great tribulation” so maybe it’s here or Rev 19…Most of the scripture I have below points this to the day of this battle as described above. Rev 4 is vague and up for speculation.  We are told they follow Him wherever He goes – so maybe they are the army???? Time frame is important to decifer- so just passing thoughts for now.
  2. The great sickle – There are two sickles mentioned in Revelation 14. One is the Lord on a cloud and it seems that this may be the rapture, because it speaks of a harvest and the other is an angel with a sickle. The sickle we are discussing is revealed in Revelation 14:18-20” Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.” The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.  They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia“  Now what is my reasoning here? When else can this take place? It is the sickle thrown in during the “winepress of God’s wrath”. The winepress of God’s wrath is described above in Revelation 19.”. If it was any other time before this moment- there would be no one to fight against when the Lord returns, and if it happened after this point- everyone would be dead from His arrival. The sickle is either happening at the same moment or just after Him- somewhere on this day. If the sickle is at this point-then there is a good possibility that there may be believers left to harvest in the end. Does this prove a post trib argument- maybe, but not necessarily. There might be people who decide to turn back to the Lord in the last hours. To possibly prove this, read Isaiah 30:27 “Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire: And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err” and Matthew 24 may also prove this “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other..  so we know from this verse that the angels will be out gathering in the elect when He Appears.

 revelation 19Let’s travel into the future and see what happens on this day:   The earth is dark and the stars are falling. The earth quakes mightily, you you hear the screams of people and the great battle cry from afar. In the darkness, people hide, they seek shelter as buildings collapse, tsunamis rise up in places unheard, cities and islands disappear. Lightnings, thunders, and great hail (possibly up to 125lbs) fall upon the earth. The people make a fist at the Lord God and blaspheme His Holy name, but the great supernatural army led by the Lord of Hosts marches on in Victory without braking rank. The earth quakes as cities and nations fall. Nothing can hide from them -in and out through houses, buildings, mountains, nothing can stand in their way. Before them, the land is beautiful like the garden of Eden, and behind them is great destruction.  When they pass over the waters, the great sea stands at attention , piling back the waters,revealing the foundations of the earth as the saints and the Lord plunder through.  The army led by the beast and the false prophet rise up to fight, but they are killed by the sword that comes from the mouth of the one  riding  the white horse. The land is filled with dead bodies, rivers of blood flow through the cities and down from the mountains. The King of Glory leads them, He is shining brilliantly a bright amber fire, more glorious than the rising sun. He is surrounded by thick veiling clouds. Wicked men are instantly killed by the Sword that comes from the mouth of the rider, blood fills the land and another great quake among the shaking and a host of angels is sent out over the entire earth. The angels throw in the sickle and gather up the wicked clusters off the vine of earth and cast it into the fire. Jesus captures both the beast and the false prophet and they are thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. They have deceived the elect, they have destroyed God’s children, they have ruined and distorted all the Lord had originally planned for us. But Praise God! Jesus has saved those who believe and serve Him- who search after Him with humble hearts. They said no to the sweet temptations of worldly desires and lusts. They have not been deceived. Jesus, the Mighty King- Lord of Heaven’s Armies, has arrived with a mighty army behind Him, robed in white.   One this day, the Lord will save His people. They will see the wounds and know He is their Savior- Jesus Chris. They will weep bitterly over Him, then the Lord will open a river of cleansing for them. “On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity.

        (We know from earlier scriptures in Revelation that the saints were given white robes, so we can assume they are saints- and not angels. Are they the saints of a pretrib rapture? Or from days of old?  I’m not 100% ready to answer that just yet- but you should think about it)

Now on to details of this day….

  • Jesus arrives with His Army- saints robed in white garments Zech 14:5 Rev 6:10-12 Rev 7: 12-14 Jude 1:14
  • The Lord’s robe is dipped in blood- red, winepress:Genesis 49:10-12 Isaiah 63
  • He is burning with anger, surrounded by thick, rising smoke
  • For he will come like a raging flood tide driven by the breath of the Lord. Zephaniah 1 (*interesting to note here in Zephaniah a mention of those not wearing the proper clothes- similar to the parable Jesus spoke of when inviting those to the feast**)
  • All the nations will come against Jerusalem Zechariah 14: 1-3
  • He will be full of fury and arrive with a battle cry Zephaniah1:8-18 Isaiah13:4-6 Hab 3:13 Joel 2:1 Joel 2:11 Psalm 47:5
  • It will be a day of great tribulation Matthew 24:15-22
  • He comes from Mount Paran and move across the deserts to Edom He moves from east to west Hab 3:3
  • The waters of the earth will separate when He and His army trample over them and the foundations of the earth will be seen 2 Samuel 22  Psalm 18 Hab 3:13-15
  • The sun and the moon will not give off their light Matthew 24:29-51 Isaiah 13:10 JOel 2:31
  • it will be as lightning flashes across the sky luke 17:24
  • Their dead will be left unburied, and the stench of rotting bodies will fill the land.  The mountains will flow with their blood. 
  • He is victorious over all the nations Zeph 2 Zeph 3:8
  • The Heavens will roll up like a scroll, the sun and moon will no longer give off light and the stars will fall from the heavens
  • The earth will quake 2 Samuel 22  Psalm 18 Isaiah 13:13 Joel 2:10
  • It is a day Edom will be paid back for all it did to Israel Exodus 15 Jeremiah 49:19-32
  • Plagues and pestilence will come before this day – Habakkuk
  • They leave a path of destruction behind them –Joel 2Their horses are of supernatural strength “Look at them as they leap along the mountaintops. Listen to the noise they make—like the rumbling of chariots, like the roar of fire sweeping across a field of stubble, or like a mighty army moving into battle” joel 2
  • This army goes through the land like a mighty unstoppable wind- NO ONE can hide from them- they search every house, every corner, nothing is overlooked. Every enemy is searched out: “The attackers march like warriors and scale city walls like soldiers. Straight forward they march, never breaking rank.  They never jostle each other; each moves in exactly the right position. They break through defenses without missing a step.  They swarm over the city and run along its walls. They enter all the houses, climbing like thieves through the windows.”-Joel 2- it goes on to say the Lord is at the head of the column- leading them with a shout (cry as we read in Isaiah). He witnesses, the earthquakes, darkness of sun, moon, and stars. “The earth quakes as they advance, and the heavens tremble. The sun and moon grow dark, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord is at the head of the column. He leads them with a shout. This is his mighty army, and they follow his orders. The day of the Lord is an awesome, terrible thing. Who can possibly survive?”
  • He shall come as a thief in the night 1 thes 5:2-4 2 Peter 3:10A day of sifting the wheat and tares- the angels are sent out
  • The angels will swing their sickle over the vine of the earth Matthew 24:30-31 
  • The great cleansing of Judah, Jerusalem, and the royal line of David – as foretold in Zechariah 12-14 Zechariah 9:13-16 Hab 3:13 Ezekiel 39:25-28
  • The great sickle swung on this day!  During this time the angels are sent out to separate the wheat from the tares, and throwing the tares into the lake of fire.
  • His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives Zechariah 14:4
  • The sun and the moon will turn dark first- according to Joel 2:28-32 “The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives  
  • This happens after the seventh angel poured his vial in the air. Revelation 16

Who is rider on the Horse?    Isaiah describes him : “Our Redeemer, whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, is the Holy One of Israel…. The Lord will march forth like a mighty hero; he will come out like a warrior, full of fury. He will shout his battle cry and crush all his enemies. (Is 42:13, 47:4, Jer 6:6)The rider on the horse is the One who is faithful and true, the King of Kings and His title is the Word of God. There is only one person who can fit this description of the Rider who leads this great heavenly army- His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, Redeemer

Why has this rider arrived?  Isaiah foretold this: “For the Lord is enraged against the nations. His fury is against all their armies. He will completely destroy them, dooming them to slaughter. Their dead will be left unburied, and the stench of rotting bodies will fill the land.  The mountains will flow with their blood. The heavens above will melt away and disappear like a rolled-up scroll. The stars will fall from the sky like withered leaves from a grapevine, or shriveled figs from a fig tree. And when my sword has finished its work in the heavens, it will fall upon Edom, the nation I have marked for destruction. The sword of the Lord is drenched with blood and covered with fat—with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of rams prepared for sacrifice. Yes, the Lord will offer a sacrifice in the city of BozrahHe will make a mighty slaughter in Edom. Even men as strong as wild oxen will die— the young men alongside the veterans. The land will be soaked with blood and the soil enriched with fat. For it is the day of the Lord’s revenge, the year when Edom will be paid back for all it did to Israel Isaiah 34:2-8

The Prophet Habbukkuk describes the day:  “I see God moving across the deserts from Edom, the Holy One coming from Mount Paran. His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise. His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden.  Pestilence marches before him; plague follows close behind. When he stops, the earth shakes.  When he looks, the nations tremble. He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills. He is the Eternal One! You marched across the land in anger and trampled the nations in your fury. You went out to rescue your chosen people, to save your anointed ones. You crushed the heads of the wicked and stripped their bones from head to toe. With his own weapons, you destroyed the chief of those who rushed out like a whirlwind, thinking Israel would be easy prey. You trampled the sea with your horses, and the mighty waters piled high. Hab 3:2-6, 12-15  **notice how he describes the plagues and pestilence that comes before this time, the earthquakes, and notice this verseYou went out to rescue your chosen people, to save your anointed ones”- Could this be referring to  Zechariah 12-14 being fulfilled on this day?!.  “ He will trample the sea with his horses and the waters pilled up high, pay attention reader- this moment is recorded throughout scripture- when the Lord returns this day, he will also go across waters and the waters will separate for him and his army**

 Isaiah gives the same description in chapter 59:17-19 He put on righteousness as his body armor and placed the helmet of salvation on his head. He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion. He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds. His fury will fall on his foes. He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth. In the west, people will respect the name of the Lord; in the east, they will glorify him. For he will come like a raging flood tide driven by the breath of the Lord.

Jacob prophesied of the Rider when He spoke over Judah-He washes his clothes in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.  His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth are whiter than milk. (re:Lion of Judah ) Gen 49:11-12

 Joel spoke of this day and the army in detail:  “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.Fire burns in front of them, and flames follow after them. Ahead of them the land lies as beautiful as the Garden of Eden. Behind them is nothing but desolation; not one thing escapes. They look like horses; they charge forward like warhorses. Look at them as they leap along the mountaintops. Listen to the noise they make—like the rumbling of chariots, like the roar of fire sweeping across a field of stubble, or like a mighty army moving into battle. Fear grips all the people; every face grows pale with terror.  The attackers march like warriors and scale city walls like soldiers. Straight forward they march, never breaking rank.  They never jostle each other; each moves in exactly the right position. They break through defenses without missing a step.  They swarm over the city and run along its walls. They enter all the houses, climbing like thieves through the windows.  The earth quakes as they advance, and the heavens tremble. The sun and moon grow dark, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord is at the head of the column. He leads them with a shout. This is his mighty army, and they follow his orders. The day of the Lord is an awesome, terrible thing. Who can possibly survive? Joel 2:1-11

More from Joel : Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.  In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.  And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth— blood and fire and columns of smoke.  The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives.  But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 2:28-32. (Joel 2 needs its own study and now I’m wondering about the time frame of this verse..if Joel 2 is in chronological order…more to think on- is this verse happening today or is it speaking of a distant time?)

 Isaiah  speaks of revelation 19: “The Assyrians will be destroyed, but not by the swords of men. The sword of God will strike them. Isaiah 31:8 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations 

Isaiah saw this day and notice it is also the day of sifting: Look! The Lord is coming from far away, burning with anger, surrounded by thick, rising smoke. His lips are filled with fury; his words consume like fire.  His hot breath pours out like a flood up to the neck of his enemies. He will sift out the proud nations for destruction. He will bridle them and lead them away to ruin. But the people of God will sing a song of joy, like the songs at the holy festivals. You will be filled with joy, as when a flutist leads a group of pilgrims to Jerusalem, the mountain of the Lord—to the Rock of Israel, Isaiah 30:27-29

 Isaiah (matches Revelation 19:11): The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. Is 11:4-5  

 Eyes like Flames of Fire- Isaiah gives same description:  And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance. Is 11:13-16 and Rev 19:12

  A Robe dipped in Blood- Isaiah 63 (describing Rev 19): Who is this who comes from Edom, from the city of Bozrah, with his clothing stained red?  Who is this in royal robes, marching in his great strength? “It is I, the Lord, announcing your salvation!  It is I, the Lord, who has the power to save!”  Why are your clothes so red, as if you have been treading out grapes? “I have been treading the winepress alone; no one was there to help me. In my anger I have trampled my enemies as if they were grapes. In my fury I have trampled my foes. Their blood has stained my clothes. For the time has come for me to avenge my people, to ransom them from their oppressors.  I was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm, and my wrath sustained me. I crushed the nations in my anger and made them stagger and fall to the ground, spilling their blood upon the earth.”Is 63:1-6

And His title was the Word of God-Rev 19:13:   John 1:1-4 tells us who this is: the beginning the Word already existed.  The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning,[a] whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us John 1:1-4, 1 John 1:1-2

 The Sickle is Swung at this timeSo the angel swung his sickle over the earth and loaded the grapes into the great winepress of God’s wrath.  The grapes were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress in a stream about 180 mileslong and as high as a horse’s bridle. Rev 14:19-20. Matthew also describes this: “Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. Matthew 24:2—32

     We see some really neat clues here in Matthew 24:29-32

  • This day will come after great anguish
  • The sun and moon will be dark and stars will fall
  • Powers in the heavens will be shaken
  • Then the Lord will appear-
  • Then deep mourning- this has to be Zech 12- okay.. it maaaay be
  • Then “he will send his angels to gather” this has to be the sickle of wheat and tares

       Matthew 24:29-32 goes into detail about his day. We know it is the last day because of the description. Zechariah 12 hasn’t been fulfilled, so this has to be the day when His people will look ‘upon Him whom they pierced and they will mourn for Him as if for an only Son” it is here where the Lord cleanses them. Who is He cleansing? Zechariah tells us:  Judah, Jerusalem, and the royal line of David” This day- is also the great day of the Sickle. The angels are sent out to separate the good from the bad – the wheat and the tares. So you may say- aha! This proves post tribulation rapture because there are some who are saved… maybe….but not necessarily. There could be some saved on earth- even after the rapture. If this is the case, then it is those who are getting sifted out. 

The sons of Korah, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit describe Him:  “Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. Psalm 24:3-8

Jesus is going to save His Jewish People
Zechariah 12 describes this day :  I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah.  On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves. “On that day,” says the Lord, “I will cause every horse to panic and every rider to lose his nerve. I will watch over the people of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of their enemies. And the clans of Judah will say to themselves, ‘The people of Jerusalem have found strength in the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, their God.’ “On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a flame that sets a woodpile ablaze or like a burning torch among sheaves of grain. They will burn up all the neighboring nations right and left, while the people living in Jerusalem remain secure. “The Lord will give victory to the rest of Judah first, before Jerusalem, so that the people of Jerusalem and the royal line of David will not have greater honor than the rest of Judah.  On that day the Lord will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be as mighty as King David! And the royal descendants will be like God, like the angel of the Lord who goes before them!  For on that day I will begin to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.  The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the great mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo. All Israel will mourn, each clan by itself, and with the husbands separate from their wives. The clan of David will mourn alone, as will the clan of Nathan, the clan of Levi, and the clan of Shimei.  Each of the surviving clans from Judah will mourn separately, and with the husbands separate from their wives.

 More proof on Salvation of the Jewish People:  “I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ.  And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, “The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness.  And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins.” Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.  Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead.  Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy.  For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone. Romans 11:25-32  

(Let us reason together…… When else could this great moment happen?  If you look closely at this day, it is closely described as the same day He comes in Wrath in Revelation 19 against the enemies of Jerusalem. This day could be the day of salvation for the Jewish people. Could this be the 144,000 that were sealed in Revelation 7 & 14? I don’t know… yet.   Some commentaries put this together with Joel and Hosea and say this day will last 3 days…but I haven’t looked into that further, just putting more in your brain to ponder

This sounds like the same battle of Revelation 19 with more detail: Revelation 16:15-22: Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.  And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

        If you haven’t accepted the Lord Jesus into your heart and your life- make today the day of your salvation! He wants you back. Do not be deceived by the false teachers and prophets. Give your life to Him today, repent of your ways, change, seek Him, and let Him transform you into a new creation. Begin to run the race ,striving for the goal He has ahead for us. He Loves You!