The Lord continually reached out to a disobedient people. â€œif after all this you do not repent I will punish you 7 times more for your sins. So in the time of Christ He said “Oh Jerusalem I weep for you. If you only you would have known your time. Now these things are upon you”. He came as a thief in the night and they were left desolate. They didn’t know what they had so He took it back. Beware! They did not know the hour of their visitation.
We think, how can this be? All those innocent Jews! The desolation had occurred, the Lords patience ran out and they were judged. They were left desolate, condemned, annihilated. “On you shall be required all the blood of the Prophets from righteous Abel to Zechariah whose blood was spilled at the alter”. Even John the baptist and the blood of Christ Himself was spilled. So “fill up the measure of your fathers guilt! And the words from the populace was, “His blood be upon us”. And it was
Deuteronomy 28 20+ had been fulfilled. Horrific description of them killing each other and even eating their own children and being attacked by armies and wild animals. I know this is graphic and is largely unspoken of but God said not to add or take away from His words. This should be a wake up call. Those who thought they did service to God received the wrath of God. Woe!
You see Romans 1 says that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness in men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. And that is what they did. That is Gods wrath “to the Jew first” They knew God and they suppressed the truth of God. They misrepresented Him.We read on that they knew Gods eternal power and Godhead so they were with out excuse. They professed to be wise but became fools and turned the Glory of the incorruptible God into an image of an corruptible man. Yes, flesh and blood, but flesh and blood does not inherit His Kingdom, do He is not that.
This was the first great woe. They thought God was a man like them. Huh? Is not Jesus a man who will come to planet earth and rule from Jerusalem? That is your first strike.
For even in Samuels day when the populace demanded a king like all the other nations what did God tell Samuel? “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. That’s right.
And again Samuel addressed the people, “But you today have rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversaries and tribulations and have said to Him, No, but set a king over us”. We too reject the rule and reign of Christ today because first we , meaning Christianity, preach that the Christ man will be our king in a future time and we reject the notion of the invisible God being our king now as it was before Samuel. We, not knowing Him have rejected Him. We too have turned the Glory of the incorruptible invisible immortal God into (the ecpectation) of) a flesh and body man with the end time teachings. Again, woe.
Lets bring up the peoples response. When Moses was sent to rectify the covenant in Horeb the people replied. Ex 24.7 All that the Lord has said we will do it”. This same people did not want to relate to God and also said, Moses you deal with Him we don’t want to. They gave away their birth right. This is the lesson of Esau. They were glad to have someone else talk to God then break it down for them. They didn’t want to see His face. In this way they rejected the blessings of God Himself. Maybe like today. We are just fine with our preachers and teachers. With our books and other peoples opinions about God online. They say “we have to believe the experts.
They have exchanged a personal relationship with God the same way they did. “You speak to the scary voice for us. He can speak to the hand”.
Here is where we are today. The truth is truncated because everyone receives knowledge of God from each other. They have to verify things with a pastor or a book or another mans testimony. One says I am from Paul or Apollos, or maybe a Baptist or Evangelical. You are all acting like silly men with your own private club. Don’t you know there is one body? But what does Christ say? John 2.23-25+ 5.31-36 The people saw the signs that He did and Believed in Him and He said, “Jesus did not commit himself to them because He knew all men, He had no need for man to testify of Him”. They think if they use the name Jesus, they must be good but they preach another Jesus.
From Paul in Galatians, The gospel I preach to you is not by man, for I did not receive it from man nor was I taught it but it came by revelation of Christ. In other words first hand. You should do that.
Today they follow each other from one supposed prophesy to another. Changing doctrines with each new world event, having no truth but strong opinions. Empty of faith profiting on these theories no matter how many times they change their opinion they repent not. Vipers hatching eggs of yet more vain theories deceiving and being deceived. These are the blemishes in your love feasts. They do not enter the Kingdom and they keep distracted others who are trying.
Hebrews 10 puts out a stern warning drawing a comparison from those who rejected Christ back then and now saying “anyone who rejected Moses law dies with out mercy. Of how much worse punishment do you suppose he will be who thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing. For we know Him who said “vengeance is mine” and again “the Lord will judge His people”. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
If we think God will put up with your flippant use of His name putting it on every wind of change you are mistaken. If you do not take these things upon ourselves you will be judged, for judgment starts at the house of God. 1st Peter 4.17
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and Glory forever and ever. Amen
To the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and the Lord of lords who alone has immortality dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.