2 Timothy 2:9 – God’s Word Is Not Bound!

Timidity seems to be the order of the day in many churches.  Government dictates have caused many places of worship to either close down or greatly curtail their services, limiting attendance and demanding that all who attend wear masks and distance themselves from each other by six feet.  Even well over a year since the worst of the pandemic porn of COVID, far too many pastors continue to spread fear by kowtowing to the demands of the State.  If the leaders of these churches aren’t adhering to these physical codes, many of them comply with the unwritten rule that political and/or socially cultural relevant themes cannot be discussed in depth.  Thus, issues like the wickedness of abortion, the evil of the homosexual agenda, the horrors of what is in the “vaccines,” are never preached so as not to offend those with delicate sensibilities.

One of the worst offenses is the misuse of Romans 13:1-2, which says:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.

This is obviously good and Godly advice.  But, what happens when the governmental authorities demand their constituents (or subjects) think, say, or do those things which are contrary to the will of God?  What if the State makes laws or Executive Orders that violate Biblical mandates?  What then are the people of God to do?  Should they obey because such things are “the law”?

Surely, as Paul goes on to say in Romans 13, if someone disobeys lawful laws, the sword of the State is there for punishment and that is only right.  But Paul never issues a direct command to adhere to that which is contrary to God’s will and His laws.  As a result, it appears to me that we need to examine Scripture more deeply to understand our obligations when immoral leaders and laws are the rule of the day.

Let’s briefly consider a few examples.  In Egypt around the time that Moses was born, the Hebrew people were multiplying like crazy.  Pharaoh feared they would become so numerous that they would be a threat to him and his kingdom.  He issued an edict that all male children be killed.  And what did the Hebrew midwives do?  They disobeyed and lied to this evil king.  They honored life and made a way for the children to live.  For this, God honored them with families because they feared Him and not man.

Fast forward to Israel’s captivity in Babylon.  King Nebuchadnezzar issued a ruling that his golden image should be revered as god by being worshiped at the sound of various musical instruments.  This was the law.  What did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego do?  They refused to worship anyone but Yahweh as God.  As a result, the Lord protected them in the fiery furnace.

Some time after that, Daniel came to the attention of the authorities because of his daily practice of praying to the God of Israel.  This went against the grain because in Babylon many gods were worshiped.  Evil men convinced Nebuchadnezzar to prohibit prayer to any but the pagan gods.  When Daniel violated this law, the king had no choice but to throw him to the lions.  Yet despite his having broken the law of man, Yahweh kept him safe.

In the book of Acts we read that the Sanhedrin prohibited Jesus’ disciples from preaching about Him.  They did it anyway and broke the earthly “law” that they’d been instructed to keep.  For their faithfulness, Christianity flourished.

What about today as we see governments worldwide, along with ours in America, clamping down on our freedoms?  Already in Australia and Canada, the State has taken extreme measures against the Christian community.  Of course, this has been the norm in communist China and in Muslim nations for many years.  In these other locations around the globe, what did God’s people do?  Did they obey the orders of their governmental leaders?  No, they continued to obey God, going underground when necessary so as to remain faithful to their Savior and Lord above the demands of men.

The question is: As darkness increases in our land and the State demands obeisance to it alone, what will the people of God do?  Consider what Paul said to his young disciple in 2 Timothy 2:8-9:

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!

Paul suffered for continuing to preach God’s Word.  The authorities prohibited him from doing it, but he did it anyway.  He placed God and His commands above those of the religious and governmental leaders of the day.  Why?  Because God’s Word is not bound!  It cannot be restricted and will not be confined by those who are faithful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Here is what the apostle went on to declare in 2 Timothy 2:11-13:

The saying is trustworthy, for:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;

if we endure, we will also reign with him;

if we deny him, he also will deny us;

if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

for he cannot deny himself.

In other words, if we die in service to God, we live with Him regardless of what men do to us.  Through faithful obedience to the Lord, we earn the right of ruling and reigning with Him in the Millennial Reign of Christ.  In trying circumstances, if we should choose not to boldly exalt His Name by trying to protect our own skin, we dishonor God, perhaps losing the protective armor that is ours when we’re faithful.  Despite our lack of faith at times, God never reverts to a condition of unfaithfulness to us.  He loves us and always will.  This is His nature, i.e. the character of God.

What are we to do when man makes ungodly laws?  We are to be faithful to the Lord and His Word.  If that requires civil disobedience, that is what we’re to do when commanded by an unrighteous government to violate any of the things we know God has taught and given us.  From Scripture, the pattern is clear.  When we honor God and do His will above that of men, He will bless us.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 10-27-21: Days of Noah Enoch-Vaccine Connection

One of the most shocking things to come out of the vaccine dispute between those who insist the world must be vaxxed versus those who wish to keep their free will is the results of various investigations as to what is actually in the jabs. It hasn’t been easy for the few researchers and doctors who have gone against the grain of public narrative to acquire vials of the vaccines from all the manufacturers, but some have persisted.  They got new, unopened vials so that they could analyze them by looking at them under the microscope.  Some doctors have also taken the blood from newly vaccinated patients in order to observe what is going on in their bloodstreams.

None of the results are pretty.  Actually, they are rather horrific if you have a conscience.

After months of seeing what is being injected into people without informed consent, and what those shots have done – that we know of – I have a theory.

Many of us who are Christians are well aware that we are in a spiritual battle.  What we’ve experienced since this COVID thing began has all the earmarks of satanic activity.  I believe it’s even worse than what most people have conceived.  What we’re seeing is actually taking us back to the days of Noah before the flood, and it is fulfilling what Jesus said about what would happen in the earth just prior to the Rapture of the true church and the subsequent 7-year Tribulation.

In this Prophecy Update, we’ll discuss all this and give you a new perspective on the evil that is being perpetrated.

Jeremiah 22:3 – Do Justice and Righteousness

For several months, I’ve been attending our local school board meetings.  When it came to light earlier this year that an email letter was sent to over 700 students in the high school under the principal’s signature that advocated for the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club and provided a link leading to – arguably – a wealth of pornographic materials, one parent, who followed that link, became incensed.  Righteously indignant, she protested against this transgression of the values she and her husband were trying to instill in their daughters.  This triggered their attendance at the next school board meeting and the awakening of others in the community as to what moral code the school was propagating.  What had been occurring elsewhere in the nation had come to our area.

Over these months, various parents and concerned citizens have spoken out as more violations of children’s rights have been revealed.  If you’ve watched what has gone on elsewhere in various, more publicized meetings, it will come as no surprise to you that the members of our school board ignored our concerns.  In fact, the board enlisted allies among teachers and other left-leaning community members to also attend the meetings to counter and mute our voices.

Over the course of these months, some of the outspoken families protesting the direction of the school have experienced retaliation.  This has come in the form of subtle attacks to their homes, e.g. loosening lug nuts on their car tires and other more direct assaults.  They have received threatening letters, and their children have been the object of bullying.  These reprisals have caused many of these families to pull back in fear for their safety and for concern about the potential for opportunity lost in various school activities, e.g. sports or band participation.

At one of the school board meetings, those of us in attendance were told that all members of the board had received a threatening letter in the mail.  One member, who is a policeman, recounted how when his daughter got the mail and read the letter, he feared for his family.  The board president spoke of these letters and clearly indicted all of us who were present as being responsible for the content and implied threats.

This didn’t go over well with many of us.  One question that arose was why the policeman would allow his daughter to open and read his mail.  That was curious.  Additionally, why were all of us deemed guilty for the presumed actions of one individual?  These issues caused some of us to question the validity of the letter: Was there one, or was it made up in  order to project shame upon the audience for daring to object to school board policy?

Interestingly, two weeks following the revealing of this letter incident, the national school board association wrote to the U.S. attorney general complaining about parents as domestic terrorists, with the AG promising to have the FBI investigate.

Since this time, few actual parents remain actively involved in contesting against what the board continues to stand for.  The majority of us remaining are older and don’t necessarily even have a direct stake in the matter, other than wanting to stand for what is right.  I don’t know what has happened in this respect elsewhere in the nation, but with fewer involved parents, it certainly appears as if the unresponsive school board will continue on the path they’ve been following.  They simply don’t care.

All this came to mind in reading about the response of the king of Judah when Jeremiah called out the sins of the people and what God intended to do as judgment.  The Lord through the prophet said to the king of Judah in Jeremiah 22:3:

“Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.”

Jeremiah had made the king, the rulers of Judah, and all the people well aware of their transgressions against the Lord.  He urged them continually to repent and turn back to following Yahweh and His commands.  If they didn’t, He would bring disaster upon them.  Here was the response as recounted in Jeremiah 22:21:

“I spoke to you in your prosperity,

    but you said, ‘I will not listen.’

This has been your way from your youth,

    that you have not obeyed my voice.”

No one would listen because no one cared.

Sound familiar with what I related above?

Those in power thought they were untouchable.  They could do what they pleased and simply ignore the righteous claims arising from those injured by their policies and actions.  Yet, God had a Word for such people as Jeremiah 22:5 tells us:

“But if you will not obey these words, I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation.

God would not let unrighteousness remain among His people at that time.  I have confidence that He will not allow wrongful actions to remain unpunished.  The only question as to such retribution by the Lord is when He will bring it.  Will it be while we who are in Christ remain on this earth or after the Rapture?  Will these people harming children, as they pretend to watch for their welfare, suffer judgment during the Tribulation or only at the end when they stand before God?

Ironically, the school board president is the “pastor” of a very liberal church which welcomes homosexuals and has no intention of preaching righteousness and transformation to them.  Like the king of Judah whom God declared he and his sons would perish in captivity in Babylon, one wonders the fate of such a man who pretends to represent God.  In those meetings, I can only speak the Word of God and warn him and the others that they are treading in very deep water.

The Lord desires that there be justice and righteousness practiced throughout the land – whether Israel or any other nation.  When it is not – when abominations arise – God is angered.  He allows such transgressions to continue for a time in the hopes that some of those committing evil will relent and turn to Him.

Let us pray that some now embracing wickedness will have Saul to Paul conversions.  Wouldn’t that be something to witness?

Jeremiah 17:9 – The Deceitful Heart

There is a way of blessing and a way of cursing.  What we do in life will reflect this reality.  Do we wake up to the fact that God has put eternity into our hearts, and that we are to search Him out to find it?  Or do we reject the evidence God richly provides and disdain His good gifts so as to follow our own path?  Although the Lord has made Himself readily available to all, the uncomfortable fact is that most people in this world refuse to receive Him.  It’s just as Jesus said in Matthew 7:13 (NIV) that we should:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”

What is it about this wide gate and broad road that are so appealing?  How do we find that narrow gate?

At the core of these questions is what Jeremiah 17:9-10 declares:

The heart is deceitful above all things,

    and desperately sick;

    who can understand it?

“I the Lord search the heart

    and test the mind,

to give every man according to his ways,

    according to the fruit of his deeds.”

It all goes back to the issue of sin.  The iniquity that is resident in the DNA of each one of us makes the heart a liar to its owner.  The advice of, “Follow your heart,” is probably not very sound.  It will deceive you into thinking something bad is good.  By itself, the heart doesn’t have a moral standard.  Feelings that come from the heart can be dishonest and illusory.  Why is the heart deemed sick?  Because its ills are wicked and incurable.  No one can even perceive the depths of the evil within it.

That is, no one but God.  He alone is able to see into every heart and to determine the character of every man.  Because He knows the end from the beginning, He can bless those whom He knows will follow Him and curse those who refuse that privilege.  In fact, Jeremiah 17:5 tells us:

Thus says the Lord:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man

    and makes flesh his strength,

    whose heart turns away from the Lord.”

God is very clear.  When we choose not to seek Him and believe His promises; rather, we embrace the ways of the world, this is anathema to God.  It is abhorrent to Him; hateful, repugnant, an abomination; evil in every way.  Is it any wonder that a man who trusts in the ways of man rather than of God is accursed?

Ah, but what of someone who makes the conscious decision to revere, trust, and worship the God of the Bible through His Son, Jesus Christ?  What a difference!  See this contrast in Jeremiah 17:7-8:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,

    whose trust is the Lord.

He is like a tree planted by water,

    that sends out its roots by the stream,

and does not fear when heat comes,

    for its leaves remain green,

and is not anxious in the year of drought,

    for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Major points are repeated in Scripture, whether discussing blessings or curses.  Here, Jeremiah is effectively echoing Psalm 1:1-4:

Blessed is the man

    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

but his delight is in the law of the Lord,

    and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree

    planted by streams of water

that yields its fruit in its season,

    and its leaf does not wither.

In all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,

    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

How do we attain this blessed situation in our lives?  From the Old Testament perspective Jeremiah 17:14 puts it succinctly.  All one must do is call out:

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;

    save me, and I shall be saved,

    for you are my praise.

In New Testament language, the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 10:9-10:

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

There’s the heart again.  If we truly give our heart to the Lord, He will make it right.  No longer will we walk in deceit when we’ve surrendered our heart to God.  When He is our Savior and Lord, we are blessed.  What a rich and glorious inheritance that is!

Jeremiah 15:4 – What Manasseh Did

When a particular individual is singled out for his wickedness in the Bible, you can be assured that the things he did were over and above God’s threshold for tolerance.  And let’s be honest: God has a pretty high threshold.  How many times did Israel reject Him and fall into idolatry and sexual immorality, yet He relented, forgave, and returned to bless her?  However, God has a long memory.  It also seems like there was a template that the people followed from times past which, when they repeated it, angered God until He could take no more.

The wicked king whose sins the inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom of Israel continually emulated was Jeroboam.  We often see reference to “the sins of Jeroboam” when the Biblical text describes why God brought disaster upon this segment of His inheritance.  Running a close second to Jeroboam in that region was King Ahab, who did quite a lot to kindle God’s wrath.

In the Southern Kingdom of Judah, although there were several good kings, one was specified as having been particularly egregious in his transgressions.  It was his leadership and example that tainted the people of Judah down through the years and became the last straw breaking the proverbial camel’s back which caused God to finally act to drastically punish His beloved children.  Here is what we’re told in Jeremiah 15:4:

And I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem.

Manasseh, son of good king Hezekiah, was the poster child for Judah’s downfall.  He took the people he was supposed to shepherd and lead toward God into great apostasy.  That had consequences.  God instructed the prophet in Jeremiah 16:10-12 what to say to those around him:

“And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’ then you shall say to them: ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me, declares the Lord, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, and because you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me.”

Did they not have a clue what their sins were?  Perhaps not.  It may be that they were so deceived by their wickedness that they thought all was good with God, despite their having turned from Him.

Jeremiah tried to tell them they were on a road leading to disaster.  God declared what would happen because of these transgressions in Jeremiah 16:13:

“Therefore I will hurl you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.”

The Lord told Judah well beforehand the nature of their fate.  He would cast them from this good and plenteous land that He had so graciously given them.  Rather than serve Him and receive all His merciful blessings, the people would be forced to endure the harsh requirements of other gods.

How would this come about?  Where would they go?  Jeremiah 15:2 detailed this:

… “Those who are for pestilence, to pestilence,

    and those who are for the sword, to the sword;

those who are for famine, to famine,

    and those who are for captivity, to captivity.”

Throughout the ages, these have been the big four destroyers that God has sent to punish those who had earned His severe condemnation:

  • Pestilence
  • Sword
  • Famine
  • Captivity

If plague didn’t bring the fear of death, then God would unleash a foreign power upon the people.  If they didn’t perish in war, they would be reduced to famine conditions and starvation.  If that didn’t destroy their pride and self-will to continue rejecting the Lord, He sent them into slavery in another land.  Perhaps through these punishments, Israel would awaken to her need for the One true God.

Similar times are coming upon the earth in our current days.  Although we haven’t had apostate kings, per se, to lead our nation far from God, the lure of Marxism has been strong working in conjunction with the abundance of our nation.  Playing upon guilt and privilege, our children have been taught that life is unfair.  The only way to rectify the problem is through socialist, equal distribution so that all in society have the same outcome.  They’ve learned that diversity, equity, and inclusion are the only means to achieve parity, which is the highest god above all.

This has brought about many evils and led the vast majority of our nation to reject God while embracing the State.  After all, only government can regulate the thoughts and actions of people to ensure this fair and just outcome.  Since we’ve forgotten God, exactly what is left for Him in this equation?  Our hearts are hard against Him, and He has no use in our lives.

Here’s what Jeremiah 15:6 shows is God’s response to this kind of nonsense:

You have rejected me, declares the Lord;

    you keep going backward,

so I have stretched out my hand against you and destroyed you—

    I am weary of relenting.

God’s patience is long and storied, but it also wears thin and finally reaches a breaking point.  For the hard-hearted and stiff-necked, God will give them what they want.  They desire life without Him?  Fine.  They will get it.

How near must we be to this point where God completely gives people over to their own burning needs?  All conditions are in place.  Perhaps there are a few more people whose hearts will melt, they will repent to trust in Jesus, and they will ensure their entry into the Kingdom of God.  Beyond that, what’s left?

Only the Rapture of the true church.  Once we’re out of here, the world will rejoice, and it can have its own way.  But soon it will learn how that road leads only to destruction.

Jeremiah 11:9 – A Conspiracy

In the fall of 2019 before the whole COVID chaos hit, I was part of unpaid staff when a new pastor was chosen and came to lead our church.  I had been the Missions Director for several years as well as a Bible teacher emphasizing eschatology.  That’s pretty rare these days, I know, but our prior pastor and the interim pastor gave me free reign to teach on end times related subjects.

Because of my watchman mentality and focus, I’d been seeing for a while that things were getting darker in the world and America in particular.  I’d said for some time that I believed the American church would face a time of trial and persecution before the Rapture, because I always felt the Lord would need to purify His Bride in our land.  My facetious and (in)famous saying was: “Do you think the only suffering we’ll endure before Jesus returns is ease and comfort?”

Seeing this gathering gloom, I suggested to the new pastor in one of our first staff meetings that it would be prudent for the church to make plans for a time of coming persecution.  Perhaps we should get the people thinking about this and make preparations to go underground at some future point by getting small groups meeting and understanding what this would mean.

This idea was met with a serious head nod and abruptly forgotten.  Subsequently, into 2020 and the advent of COVID, because of things I said about what was happening and how I said them, the pastor didn’t approve, effectively saying, “That’s not who we are.”  Eventually, through this and various other interactions, this led to my parting ways with the church.

Here we are now two years later in the fall of 2021, and our government is plunging headlong toward absolute tyranny.  Conservatives and Christians, i.e. political enemies and those who love God, are being demonized.  The State has set up a false dichotomy of fear versus safety by emphasizing the difference between vaxxed and unvaxxed people.  Quarantine facilities, a.k.a. FEMA or internment camps, have been prepared all around our nation – no different from those already being used in China and Australia.  The rhetoric is increasing against those who refuse to go along with the narrative propagated by mainstream and social media under direction of the Biden Regime.  All they need is a trigger mechanism to go after those they deem enemies of the State.

No doubt at that time, churches that declare they follow only God and His commands will find themselves at extreme odds with governmental decrees.  It wouldn’t surprise me if they are forcibly shut down.  What then happens?  Will churches be ready to meet secretly, i.e. those believers who haven’t yet been rounded up and isolated in Green Zones for “their protection”?

Perhaps in 2019 such scenarios may have appeared as fanciful conspiracy theories.  Twenty-four months later, at least to some, they’ve probably taken on a new reality and truth.

In the prophet Jeremiah’s day, the Lord warned him that certain men were conspiring against Him.  In Jeremiah 11:9-10 He warned:

Again the Lord said to me, “A conspiracy exists among the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear my words. They have gone after other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant that I made with their fathers.”

God went on to detail the extent of their sins, and it disgusted Him so much that He commanded in Jeremiah 11:14:

“Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble.”

They had gone after other gods, worshiped them, gave them offerings of every kind, and set up altars in reverence to them.  In other words, they had decided that the God of Israel wasn’t worth following.  They apparently thought that pagan gods had more to offer than the One who had delivered them from the fiery furnace of slavery in Egypt.

Their iniquities had risen to such a drastic level in their rejection of Yahweh that He wouldn’t even hear prayers on their behalf going forward.  He would bring disaster upon them.

There are two groups in our current times that are stoking the furnace of God’s anger.  The first is those who have outright and long ago decided they didn’t need Him in their lives.  For many of these, just as Romans 1:24 says, He has given them over to the sinful desires of their hearts.

The second group is the church that has chosen to ignore the Word of God when its people should have known better.  How much condemnation might the Lord have for those who say they are in Christ, yet choose to continue doing church as though we’re still in normal times?

One of the phrases that is making the rounds these days that resonates, because of the truth it conveys, distinguishes between what we’re currently seeing, and surely what is ahead, versus the days of old, i.e. 2019 and earlier.  It is the BEFORE TIMES.  This is so dystopian – and yet so true – that it’s astounding we are even beginning to talk this way.  Those who have believed that believers must endure the Tribulation are perhaps beginning to understand how devastating this coming time will be.  To think that we can prep and hole up as God’s wrath rages around us – and that He will shelter us supernaturally – is an interesting, but false, perspective.  I’m very much a believer in the supernatural aspects of God, but I also believe that He has other plans for us during the Day of the Lord.  In fact, I’m very much anticipating the incredibly supernatural event that will soon astound the world, i.e. the Rapture of the true church.

Conspiracy theories from just a couple years have largely proven true.  Thankfully our God is sovereign and watching closely.  At just the right time, He will prove that the “conspiracy theory” of the Rapture is also fact.  Won’t that be an amazing vindication of what many of us have believed to be the blessed hope that God has given to His children?

Jeremiah 10:19 – My Wound is Grievous

The overall vision of what God gave Jeremiah distressed him greatly.  The Lord had raised him up to warn, and warn again, the people of Judah of God’s judgment coming upon them, but they would not listen.  Foreseeing what was to come burdened the prophet so much that he must have felt at times that he could bear no more.  He loved his nation and the Jewish people.  When they purposely turned from Yahweh into their own evil purposes, it brought Jeremiah physical torment.  He saw the problem, knew its source, and could do nothing about it other than call out the sin and pray for the people to heed the Word of God.  So steeped in their wicked ways, they refused to believe anything would happen to them.

Consider the lament of the prophet in Jeremiah 10:19-21:

Woe is me because of my hurt!

    My wound is grievous.

But I said, “Truly this is an affliction,

    and I must bear it.”

My tent is destroyed,

    and all my cords are broken;

my children have gone from me,

    and they are not;

there is no one to spread my tent again

    and to set up my curtains.

For the shepherds are stupid

    and do not inquire of the Lord;

therefore they have not prospered,

    and all their flock is scattered.

His hurt was bone-crushing in its intensity; the wound felt like the ruthless slaughter of an innocent person; the affliction left him broken and ruined.

Every aspect of his house, perhaps the metaphorical house of Jerusalem, was broken and unrepairable.  Whether his own children or those of his people, Jeremiah knew that the next generation was lost.  They hadn’t been taught to fear the Lord; they’d gone their own ways; nothing and no one were left to reestablish a righteous household, or the city itself.

Those who had been charged with overseeing the moral and ethical lives of the people had become dull of hearing.  Their hearts were consumed with useless, wicked activities because they’d forgotten the Lord their God.  None of those whom they were supposed to guide into righteous living remained, having been dashed to pieces for their sins.

Can you imagine Jeremiah’s woe that he called down upon himself?

For those of us watching the dissolution of America as our society, and the culture itself, crumble all around us in these latter days, does it not grieve your heart?  The United States was such a bright and shining city on a hill.  God blessed our nation so abundantly because of how the hearts of the founders, and of many people over the years, had been toward God.  They revered the Lord and worked for His kingdom.  The Word of God went forth from our shores to other lands.  We proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world.  God’s ways were instilled within the family and even in the public arena.  Schools at one time helped children to walk in faith.  Churches were places where people were saved through powerful preaching.

Now there is just a remnant of that.

The Lord loves our country just as He loves the nation of Israel.  But just like with His Chosen People, when they turned from Him to follow other gods and He had to punish them for their rejection of the truth, so God is exacting judgment upon America.

For those of us who read God’s Word, it is evident this had to happen.  Since our nation doesn’t appear in the end-times narrative, something had to occur to bring us down.  No longer are we a country with Godly morals and ideals.  Our leaders are corrupt beyond description.  The houses of worship in this once great nation have fallen into apostasy, following the ways of the world rather than those of God.  They retain some element of spirituality, but it has nothing to do with the righteousness and holiness that leads people to the truth found only in Christ Jesus.  And so it is with the peoples of this land.  They are ignorant of the Lord because the generation before them neglected to instruct them in the fear and admonition of God.  Those who go to the vast majority of churches have no real concept of the Person of Jesus and who He is as the way, truth, and life.

For all this, does not your heart grieve, just as Jeremiah’s did?  He saw his city and nation coming to ruin.  Despite all the prophet did that God gave him the means to do, it had to feel like a worthless effort.  No one would heed his voice crying out to turn back to the only One who could save them.

For those of us continuing to do the work of God to advance His kingdom, does it not feel hopeless at times?  Yes, little pockets of transformation crop up here and there, but the overwhelming tide is rushing toward the shore of darkness.  But, we knew these days would come.  Scripture has plainly told us there would be no reprieve; no Great Awakening.

Knowing this, what are we to do?  God has told us a day is coming when He will remove us from this alien place known as the world.  That is our overarching hope.  It is God’s promise to which we cling.  So, should we just head to our bunkers and wait for this marvelous moment?

By no means!  As hard as it is; as disheartening as it sometimes seems; we are to work while daylight still remains.  God placed each of us here, in our particular places, at this specific time, to accomplish something that we’re supposed to do.  If we neglect this duty, how faithful are we?  How trustworthy?  Will we be the good and faithful servant who carries out his responsibilities while his master is absent?

That’s what God wants for each of us.  When He returns, will He have found us diligent in our daily chores?

I think we need to simultaneously look up as we await Jesus’ return, but at the same time keep our hands on the plow and our eyes on the field ahead, so that as we til our rows are straight.

Would God want any less of us?

Jeremiah 7:23 – Obey My Voice

We’re familiar with the term Mystery Religions.  These are secretive, spiritual practices that claim divine knowledge that can only be attained through diligence in occult or magic arts.  They require years of apprenticeship to advance from one level of mastery to another.  Those who reach the highest ranks are revered for their wisdom and power.  Having dabbled in one of these in my early years, all I can say is that they require a lot of work.  Of course, as true Christians, we should also know that all the effort put forth in achieving whatever these religious sects proclaim as the end game is all for nought.  They don’t take a practitioner to the highest of heavenly heights; rather, they lead straight to hell.

Jeremiah confronted the people of Judah who were engaged in worshiping other gods that required sacrificial offerings in their abominable practices.  The prophet described this in Jeremiah 7:18:

“The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.”

The Queen of Heaven was one of many pagan gods that Yahweh denounced.  Yet the people went through an elaborate ritual to honor her.  They spent time and money making food sacrifices and offered libations that were nothing but a waste.  What these efforts did do was to cause people’s hearts to be redirected toward falsehoods that would profit them nothing.

As an aside, the Queen of Heaven is one of many pagan entities that the Catholic Church has honored.  Near where I lived at one time was a Catholic cemetery named Queen of Heaven.  Knowingly or unknowingly, those in the Catholic faith were placing their trust in a false god.  By burying their dead in this cemetery, they may have hoped for relief in their misplaced understanding of the fate of their deceased loved ones.  Perhaps they thought that somehow they could lessen the time spent in the unbiblical place of purgatory by those who had passed.  When people go down the road of following pagan gods, it can lead to many dark, ungodly places.

The worship of  other gods caused the hearts of the people of Judah to stray far from where they should have been.  Such reverence causes an interesting effect.  Think about the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17.  Now, considered what God said in Jeremiah 7:8-10:

“Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations?”

Going after other gods caused them to commit transgressions directly against the Ten Commandments.  Rather than leading people into righteous living, the worship of pagan gods led them into deeper transgressions.

Of course, because Yahweh is the One true God, following any spiritual entity other than Him brought consequences.  Jeremiah and the other prophets proclaimed this error night and day, but to no avail.  Eventually, God got completely fed up.  His people had effectively crossed the Rubicon and could not come back.  (To cross the Rubicon is to take an irrevocable step that commits one to a specific course: https://www.thoughtco.com/meaning-cross-the-rubicon-117548.)  God instructed the prophet in Jeremiah 7:16:

“As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.”

They were so far gone in the hardness of their hearts that they were beyond saving.  In New Testament terms, they had grieved the Holy Spirit with the unpardonable sin.

The Lord lamented how easy it was to please Him.  The Mystery Religions with all that they entailed were complicated and worthless.  In speaking of how God instructed His people from the beginning when He delivered them from bondage in Egypt, he didn’t make it hard.  He summarized in Jeremiah 7:23:

“But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’ “

Look at the simplicity of what God requires.  There’s nothing complicated or intricate that one must do to come to Him and receive the favor of His blessings.  Obey Him.  Follow His commands.  Boom!  Done.  But apparently we humans like things to be complex.  Perhaps we think they have to be that way in order for them to have value.

I remember in my brief stint in college when I got into drugs and Eastern religions.  One of the things that came to mind from my youth was that the Christianity of Jesus was much too simple.  The Gospel wasn’t elaborate enough in my convoluted thinking.  Surely we had to put forth intense effort and extensive study to reach higher planes of existence.   As it turned out, the Jesus I didn’t know was standing in my backyard all that time waiting for me to go out to discover He was there.

What God asks of us to truly become His is indeed very simple.  Ultimately whether  in an Old Testament believer or one in New Testament times, the Lord wants our believing loyalty.  First and foremost this means following no other God but the One of the Bible.  Our hearts must be pure toward Him.  Once we get that sorted out, then obeying His voice and following His commands follows easily enough.

I think this is where truly acknowledging our sinful state must come in.  Only when we realize that we can’t save ourselves – that we’re in need of a Savior – then we can come humbly to the throne of grace and mercy in repentance asking for forgiveness.  If we do this, knowing that only in Christ Jesus does the pardon for our sins come, then we can determine to set our hearts on the Lord and follow Him alone, trusting only in Him.

The realization that it is only Jesus who saves us – none other! – is the game changer.  Why look elsewhere?  Why trust anyone or anything else?

God wants to bless us.  It’s an integral part of His nature.  When we obey His voice and walk in His commands, it makes it easy for Him to do what is His very character: the giving of Himself to us.  Why would we do anything that would get in the way of this demonstration of His love?

Jeremiah 6:30 – Rejected Silver

The Lord caused Jeremiah to bring a hard Word to His people.  Some years before, God allowed Assyria to overrun and destroy Israel, the Northern Kingdom of this divided land.  Despite that example of what happens when a nation rejects God, the Southern Kingdom of Judah followed in her sister’s footsteps.  In fact, Yahweh declared in Jeremiah 3:11:

… “Faithless Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.”

According to God, Judah’s sins against Him had mounted to levels even beyond those that Israel previously committed.  This, despite the fact that Judah at least had several righteous kings, whereas Israel had none!  It got so bad in Judah that the Lord commanded the prophet in Jeremiah 5:1:

“Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,

    look and take note!

Search her squares to see

    if you can find a man,

one who does justice

    and seeks truth,

that I may pardon her.”

What does this remind you of?  How about the conversation Abraham had with the angel of the Lord as he tried to convince God to spare Sodom?  Were there even five righteous men in that wicked city?  Here, God is asking whether there is even one in Jerusalem!

The reading today paints a miserable picture of a people gone completely rogue.  Yahweh asks the operative questions in Jeremiah 5:7,9:

“How can I pardon you?

    Your children have forsaken me

    and have sworn by those who are no gods… “

“Shall I not punish them for these things?

declares the Lord;

    and shall I not avenge myself

    on a nation such as this?”

What is left to pardon?  The people of the God over all of Israel, north and south, has been completely spurned by those who are supposed to be His.  The children of the land have followed their elders into complete apostasy.  They worship any god but the One who delivered them from the fiery furnace of slavery in Egypt.

God’s disgust had reached a point of no return.  He had extended His mercy and grace time and again, putting up with His fickle people who loved to follow the gods of nations which had themselves proven useless.  Through the prophets, Yahweh appealed to Judah for her to reconsider and turn back to Him, and been rejected, more than any human would have put up with.  But how did the people respond to His way and His Words?  In Jeremiah 6:16-17 they said:

… “We will not walk in it.”

… “We will not pay attention.”

Well, God can take a hint.  They obviously wanted nothing to do with Him.

“I’ve warned you,” God says.  “I’ve tried by doing everything I can to prevent disaster coming upon you.”  Because they wouldn’t listen, He finally declares in Jeremiah 6:30:

“Rejected silver they are called,

    for the Lord has rejected them.”

This declaration will lead to utter destruction for Judah.

The question becomes: Is there a parallel with America today?  I would argue emphatically yes!

We are not the theocracy Israel was called to be, but we are a nation founded on Godly principles.  That earned us much favor in God’s eyes and many blessings.  Sadly, we have squandered all that.  Just as God accuses Judah, we have caused our children to forsake the Lord.  Although our gods have different forms than those of old, we have worshiped them as fervently as Israel did those made of silver, gold, and wood.  The eyes of the Lord searching to and fro seek whether there is anyone righteous in our land.

What does He see?  Only a remnant.  The people as a whole have become Sodom and Jerusalem in our apostasy.  We want any god but the God of the Bible.

“So be it,” says the Lord.

He knew from the beginning this falling away from Him would occur.  How often did He give us grace to enable our hearts to turn back to Him?  Many more times than we deserved.

But, just as Israel and Judah crossed the red line of no return, so have we in America.  It’s why we can read in Scripture that men’s hearts will grow cold and rejection of God will reach a fever pitch.  This has consequences.  We will face them just as God’s Chosen People did of old.

We are the rejected silver now just as Judah was then.

Jesus foretold of this time in the Olivet Discourse in describing the rise of birth pains.  In our case, wickedness would grow in men’s hearts to such an extent that God would allow them to give birth, i.e. to deliver, all the evil they had devised.

History surely repeats itself.  The hearts of men are deceptively wicked and inevitably cause them to go to the very same low place.  America is there.  We are on a par with ancient Israel.  Our punishment is at hand.

Thankfully, God values the remnant.  Because of our faith and loyalty to Him as His children and the Bride of Christ, He will whisk us away before the worst of the worst of His wrath comes upon this world.

Take heart.  The Lord our God is faithful.  He has promised us deliverance, and He will make good on His Word.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 10-20-21: Biden’s Dark Winter Is Upon Us

Ten months ago on December 11, 2020 I did a Prophecy Update on Joe Biden’s Dark Winter. During the class in which I spoke of this, I reminded folks how Biden, in an election debate with Donald Trump, and then subsequently in several of Biden’s so-called rallies, warned that a Dark Winter was coming. At that time, no one knew how that might play out, but the fact that Biden continued to speak of it as a coming event certainly could not be dismissed. The Left inevitably telegraphs what they intend to do. They like to brag about things they plan, because they know that the media will never call them on those things, and that the Right is basically useless in combating what they implement. So they feel free in openly letting the future cat out of the bag long before their plan comes to fruition.

Dark Winter did not happen during the early months of 2021 as some thought it might. The stage hadn’t yet been set. However, now that the Biden Regime has had most of this year to destroy our freedoms in America and make an excellent start on destroying America itself, I think we’re at the point that the Left will unleash their Dark Winter plans.

We’ve seen how the Biden Regime has destroyed trust in America through the planned Afghanistan debacle, and through its various decrees, our economy is in shambles with ominous overtones for the coming winter months.

One of the reactions they might not have anticipated was the gathering resistance to vaccine mandates. Just like in other nations around the world, Americans are getting uppity with a large number of people pushing back and refusing to take the jab. The Left has chosen now as the time to make its move to bring America down and to initiate their long-dreamed-of One World Government.

 

 

December 2020 GWR Prophecy Update

 

 

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