Obeyed Not the Voice of the LORD

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And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the Lord their God, for which the Lord their God had sent him to them, even all these words, 2 Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there: 3 But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon. 4 So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the Lord, to dwell in the land of Judah (Jer 43:1-4 KJV).

It is positive that all these individuals were well aware of the Prophecies Jeremiah had given for many years. Before their very eyes, they had seen these Prophecies come true. Judah was a desolation, and Jerusalem a smoking ruin, exactly as Jeremiah had prophesied. Yet they now accuse him of lying. What could inspire such rebellion among people? The Holy Spirit tells us by calling them “proud men.”

Source: Jeremiah 42&43

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Deprived of Truth

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From an over two year old blog… The “god” of NAR leaders (like Michael Brown, Kris Vallotton, Bob Jones, Bill Johnson, Mike Bickle, Rick Joyner, etc.) is a fake god, and their “jesus,” is another jesus, and actually the devil himself… These men worship a horny reptilian vulgar creature straight from the pit of hell.  

Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain (I Tim 6:3-5 ESV).

False teachers present false doctrines concerning the proper attitude of the individual towards God. Useless questions and debates are raised by these false teachers, leading to major spiritual problems within the Church. Paul instructs Timothy to withdraw himself from dealings with these false teachers.

But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs (I Tim 6:7-10 ESV).

Worldly possessions will all pass away when we do. As Solomon proclaimed, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!” Believers are to be content with the provision of food and clothing. The love of money has and continues to be the ruin many a man.

Source: Teach and Urge These Things

They Make You Vain

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From a nearly two year old blog…

Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the Lord. 13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err (Jer 23:12-13 KJV).

“Their way” refers to their fashionable religion. “The year of their visitation,” pertains to the punishment that is to be brought by Nebuchadnezzar.  The Hebrew people still thought they were worshipping Jehovah, but they had substituted some figure—an idol—that could be felt by the senses.  The Baal cults affected and changed the worship of Jehovah throughout Israelite history.  People began to not be able to tell evil from good, blessings from judgments, false from True because of their compromise.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord. 17 They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you (Jer 23:16-17 KJV).

The “mouth of the LORD” refers to Divine Inspiration. False prophets wrecked the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah, leading people to walk after the imagination of their own heart, which is idolatry.

Source: Jeremiah 23

Profaned This Place

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From a 14 month old blog…

Thus says the Lord, “Go, buy a potter’s earthenware flask, and take some of the elders of the people and some of the elders of the priests, 2 and go out to the Valley of the Son of Hinnom at the entry of the Potsherd Gate, and proclaim there the words that I tell you. 3 You shall say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle (Jer 19:1-3 ESV).

“Earthenware” is made of clay and easily broken. And in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, Jeremiah was to break the bottle in front of the priests and people, symbolizing the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem.  And the response would be a “tingling of the ears” much different than what we normally associate with that term.

Because the people have forsaken me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, 5 and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind— 6 therefore, behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when this place shall no more be called Topheth, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter (Jer 19:4-6 ESV).

In devoting their worship practices to strange divinities of paganism, the priests and people had “profaned this place.” They had even stooping so low in occultism that they sacrificed their children to Moloch.  In was in the Valley of Hinnom  where this had been carried out.

Source: Jeremiah 19

I Will Deliver You

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From a nearly 30 month old blogpost…

Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: “Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and will defend this city” (Isaiah 38:4-6 ESV).

In the Book of Kings, we are told that Isaiah, after delivering his message, had gone out, but had not yet reached the middle court of the palace, when his footsteps were arrested, and the Divine Voice bade him, “turn again, and tell Hezekiah…” (II Kings 20:4). And this Message would be totally opposite from the Message he had just delivered, as God had accepted Hezekiah’s sincere prayer of repentance.

The LORD tells Hezekiah through the Prophet Isaiah that his broken heart and repentance had been identical to his ancestor David’s. And He would add fifteen more years to his life. In Scripture, this is the only time we find the LORD telling someone how many more years he would live.

Through the previous Prophecies that God had given Isaiah, he had repeatedly stated that Jerusalem should not look to others, such as Egypt, for deliverance, but to the LORD alone. That which belonged to the LORD would be defended by the LORD.

Source: Set Your House in Order

He Who Comes from Heaven is Above All

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An excerpt from a blogpost I shared over two years ago…

John understood that the Ministry of Jesus far surpassed his own. He was a witness to prepare the way for the Ministry of Jesus, and that was good enough for him.

He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:31-36 ESV).

John rightly places Jesus in a category above all other men, as He was the only begotten Son of God, fully God and fully Man. The Testimony of Jesus came directly from His Father in Heaven and had absolutely no human influence to taint it.

John proclaims that Jesus has the Salvation Plan straight from the Heart of God, and those who desired Eternal Life had to accept His Redemption Message.

Source: The Father Loves the Son

I Will Cut Off Sorceries From Your Hand

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An excerpt from a blogpost I shared nearly two years ago…

Your hand will be lifted up against your adversaries, and all your enemies will be cut off. 10 “It will be in that day,” declares the Lord, “That I will cut off your horses from among you and destroy your chariots. 11 “I will also cut off the cities of your land and tear down all your fortifications. 12 “I will cut off sorceries from your hand, and you will have fortune-tellers no more (Micah 5:9-11 NASB).

The “cities” and “fortifications” which will be destroyed probably refer to centers of idolatry. All demonic worship and false religion will be totally eliminated.

“I will cut off your carved images and your sacred pillars from among you, so that you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands. 14 “I will root out your Asherim from among you and destroy your cities. 15 “And I will execute vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations which have not obeyed” (Micah 5:12-15 NASB).

Every vestige of false religion and witchcraft will be totally wiped out. Part of the reason why Cain’s sacrifice was rejected was because it was a “work of his hands” and not a “Work of God’s Hands.” Only true worship of Christ which speaks of Him Crucified will remain.

Source: From the Days of Eternity