The Day of Jezreel!

“Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together; and appoint themselves One Head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the Day of Jezreel” (Hosea 2:11).

Jezreel: God will sow, plant; to conceive seed

God is a sower and He is sowing His good seed into the world today. He is sowing in all lands, people groups, cultures, nations and families. God is going forth bearing precious seed and planting that seed in the most diverse places, among many diverse groups: Chinese, Iranians, Koreans, Cubans, Venezuelans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Somalians, Colombians, Turks and Afghans. Oh, what diversity. Oh, what a harvest there will be. Oh, what a springing forth and sprouting up from the land there shall be. Great is the Day of Jezreel!

Jesus gave us the parable of the sower; then explained it to His Disciples this way: “He that sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom. . .” (Matthew 13:37-38a). Yes, Jesus Himself is the sower. Jesus Himself was sent into the world. Jesus Himself is the great Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. Jesus Himself is Apostolically sending His word everywhere; Christ is the prophetic voice being heard in all the earth; He is the great Evangel; He is the Pastor/Shepherd of His sheep; and He is the Teacher of His Disciples in all the world. Christ “led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men” (Ephesians 4:8b). In every country, nation and tribe, His gifts, the Children of the Kingdom, His Good Seed, are going forth with the light of the Gospel into the darkest places to shine; and their light will not be put out. Oh, how glorious is the Light!

Oh, Rulers of Darkness, behold the Light! Behold, the harvest in your land! How great a harvest it is! What a glorious Day of Jezreel!

Listen, America, Canada, Russia and EU. Do you hear the sound of rain? The early and latter rain before the great harvest? Do you hear the Angels singing, rejoicing over the souls of those being saved in your lands? It is a joyous sound. It is a song of praise and worship to the Lamb. Oh, how glorious is the Day of Jezreel. Yes, the “harvest truly is great” and the “LORD of the Harvest” has gone forth with His laborers to gather them in (cf. Luke 10:2).

Behold, you children of Abraham: Israel, House of Saud, and all Arab lands; Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq; the LORD of all Nations has come to your people. Open wide your Gates and let the “King of Glory” come in (Psalms 24:7). Who is this “King of Glory” you ask? “The LORD of Hosts, He is the King of Glory” (Psalms 24:10); and He has come to your Land, and to your people. Bow before Him and worship. The prophets of old have spoken of you and your time to shine has come. Peace.

Indeed, what a wonderful day the LORD has promised us through His prophets, His Apostles proclaiming His Word. Shout for joy you saints of God. Shout for the Harvest time is here in the Great Day of Jezreel! Hallelujah!

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Sowing Discord

“These six things doth the LORD hate; yes, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue. . .a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among Brethren” (Proverbs 6:16a, 19).

Discord: a contest or quarrel, brawling, strife, contention

By continuing in the Apostles’ Doctrine we stay true to the desires of the LORD’s heart; and avoid being entangled in the present contention in the contests of men. We can live above the fray, above the quarreling, brawling and strife of tongues.

The Apostle warns us, “Now I beseech you, Brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the Doctrine which you have learned and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). Paul also declared to the Church at Corinth: “Now I beseech you Brethren, by the Name of our LORD Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).

Discord is out of harmony. Discord is like fingernails on a chalkboard. It just makes you react with repulsion to an unhealthy, unholy and dissonant environment. Avoid it like the plague.

The word Discord comes from the Latin dis cord (heart); expressing negation, reversal of the heart. The one who sows discord has a bad heart. Jesus said “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19). Sowing seeds of discord comes from evil thoughts of the heart for the purpose of causing division and doing harm to the community at peace.

Discord comes from an evil heart with evil intent, to divide, to cause division among us, to pit one against another based on all manner of criteria of the offenders choosing.

Pray for wisdom and discernment. Overcome evil with good, out of a good heart. Be perfectly joined together in the faith; show forth the love of God to your neighbor. Then watch what harmonious melodies the LORD will sing over us in the unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace.

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Continuing in the Apostles’ Doctrine

“And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ Doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

What a strong foundation upon which to live out our faith: the Doctrines of the Apostles, fellowship in the community of believers, breaking bread from house to house (Acts 2:46), and prayer.

Saints of God, we are all of the “household of God and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:19b-20).

During the time of the Church Fathers the Doctrinal Creed was established and has become our confession of faith. This Creed is commonly known as The Apostles Creed, or Apostolic Creed. This is what we believe and hold to as the Apostles’ Doctrine:

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our LORD.

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and buried.

He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.”

Continuing in the Apostles’ Doctrine keeps us secure in our faith. It keeps us from deception; from departing from the faith; from the voices of “seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1); and from all manner of lies, false prophets, false teachers, heretics and those who by “cunning craftiness lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14b).

Beloved, pray for one another. Endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (cf. Ephesians 4:3). Pray in accordance with the promise, that we will one day all come “to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. Amen

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Blood on Our Hands

“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. . .” (Proverbs 6:16-17).

“When you spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you: yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood” (Isaiah 1:15).

“Your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perverseness” (Isaiah 59:3).

“They have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands. With their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons whom they bare unto Me, to pass them through the fire to devour them” (Ezekiel 23:37).

The Prophets have spoken the word of the LORD. The shedding of innocent blood defiles us in the eyes of the LORD. We have blood on our hands from iniquity: from adultery, from our proud looks, from speaking lies with a perverse tongue, and worshipping our idols and offering them our sacrifices.

What is the LORD to do? When we spread our hands in prayer, He sees innocent blood and hides His face from us.

What are we to do? Repent. Humbly confess our sins before the LORD. Put away our idols. Speak truth and not lies. Humble ourselves in the sight of the LORD, and sacrifice our proud looks on the altar. Cease from our perverseness, and walk in the right ways of the LORD. We must wash our hands in innocence to purify our hands and heart before our God. The Psalmist declared: “I will wash mine hands in innocence; so will I compass thine altars, O LORD” (Psalms 26:6).

The blood of the innocent has been shed. The blood shed in our Land, in our streets, in our homes is on our hands. The blood of our children, our sons and daughters, slain with their blood on our hands. We have become defiled, unworthy of the courts of the LORD and His holy presence. How then shall we be made clean? “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners; and purify your hearts you double minded” (James 4:8).

Washed, cleansed, purified, justified, sanctified in the blood of the Lamb, the water of His Word, and the renewing of the Holy Spirit. Are you ready to enter into the New Life? the New Creation? Are you ready to walk in holiness, purity, righteousness and the favor of God? There is a way out from the bloodshed, the defilement, the iniquity and sin, the uncleanness of adultery and idols. There is a way to be cleansed from the blood on your hands if you are ready to receive your change.

Yes, there is hope; there is forgiveness; there is cleansing. The LORD is waiting to set you free.

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The Day of Reckoning

What student does not get a little anxious at the time of Final Exams? What business is not concerned with an audit from the government? What employee does not worry a little when having an annual evaluation? Why? It is a Day of Reckoning.

Reckoning: a time of visitation, accounting.

During the Day of Reckoning there are those who are the officers in charge, and there are those who are the subjects of review. In the Kingdom there is an Arbiter of Oversight; One Who is the Officer in Charge; One Who holds the Office and to Whom all accounting must be made. He is the LORD God, the Master over the House, the Almighty.

A Day of Reckoning is coming. A Day of Visitation for the Final Exam, the Supreme Audit, the Evaluation to see what manner of Student, Steward, and Disciple we have been. How did we conduct our affairs? Were we honest? Did we act in accordance with Standards of Righteousness? Were we Just? Did we use honest scales? Were we good custodians over things entrusted to our care? Or, were we corrupt, dishonest, and accept bribes? Were we reckless, careless and prodigal? What is in the Records? The Day of Reckoning will disclose all things. The Day of Visitation will uncover every good and evil deed.

Some will be praised and promoted. Some will be disgraced and removed. What about you, are you confident or shaking in your boots?

The wise man keeps his house in order; keeps his affairs straight; keeps his records clean. The corrupt man is deceived and thinks he will not have to give account. The wise man fears God, the LORD, the Master over the House to Whom he must give an answer. The corrupt man cares nothing for such foolish notions as God, religion, accounting to a higher authority. He has everything covered with his connections. His hubris will be his undoing.

The One to Whom we must give account cannot be bribed and has no favorites. “Everyone of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12); so says the Apostle (see also 1 Peter 4:5). In the Day of Visitation everyone shall give an answer. Everyone will give account for his stewardship over that which was committed to his trust.

The Prophets have warned us of that Day. The Apostles have admonished us to watch and be vigilant to guard ourselves against that Day. How have we done? We shall see.

The Day of Reckoning is here. Are you ready?

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The Man From Wayville

There was a man from Wayville

Who constantly walked uphill;

Then whereupon he made the crest

He always mused and thought it best

To suddenly walk downhill.

Up and down he traversed the ground

For many a day and night;

Then he discovered the ground he covered

Was always within sight.

But he dared not venture

Where peradventure he could not

See his way;

So up and down he goes around

Unto this very day.

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Yes, God is Good

“O give thanks unto the LORD for He is Good; for His mercy endures forever” (I Chronicles 17:34).

Good: The character or nature of beneficence to all. In essence righteous; in nature kind, merciful, compassionate. Good is self-sacrificing, loving, gentle and in effect always a blessing.

Indeed, God is Good. God is Goodness. It is in the nature of God to save, to rescue, to redeem from all harm. God is Good for Goodness sake.

In our world today and since the days of Adam, it is of a truth to say that God is good and only God is good. Jesus testified to this when the rich young ruler addressed Him as “Good Master”. Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? There is none good but One, that is God” (Mark 10:18). Yes, God is good and He is the only good. Compared to Him our goodness is a stench. The Prophet, Isaiah, well said, “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness like filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities like the wind have taken us away” (Isaiah 64:6).

Yes, only God is Good. Of course, saying it out loud is a terrible affront to the self-righteous; deeply offensive to the arrogant, the proud, the haughty, the self-important, the elitist, the high and mighty ones. These despise the lowly, the humble, the self-effacing, and meek ones. Oh, how the God haters hate to hear that simple phrase, God is Good.

But you, saints of God, give thanks to the LORD for His Goodness. Give thanks to the LORD for He is God. Give thanks to the Beneficent One, the Righteous One, the Kind, Merciful and Compassionate One. Oh, give thanks to the Loving, Gentle and Blessed One. Our God, our LORD, our Father, our Savior, our King.

In Character, in Nature and in Essence God is Good. That is a foundation on which to build your faith; to carry you through the trials, tribulations and tests of this life. That is a solid rock, a sure foundation, a high tower and strong defense against all the attacks of the enemy against our faith in God. Yes, God is Good. Simple but true, and it will carry you through. Believe it, confess it, sing it, declare it, shout it from the housetops. Yes, God is good!

Yes, God is Good. Yes, God is Good, Yes, God is Good. He’s so Good to me.

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In Remembrance of Me

The words of the Apostle Paul:

For I received of the LORD that which also I delivered unto you; that the LORD Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread:

And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said: ‘Take, eat. This is My body which is broken for you. This do in remembrance of Me.’

After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying: ‘This cup is the New Testament in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do show the LORD’s death until He come (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Remembrance: To remind, to recollect, to call to mind, to remember again.

The Apostle received the communion of The Last Supper from the LORD. He was not there with the Apostles; but the LORD shared that breaking of bread and drinking of the cup with Paul in sweet fellowship and revelation of the sufferings of Christ. We were not there either, but we have been given the Gospels and the Epistles and the Holy Spirit Who will reveal to us the intimacy of communion and fellowship with our LORD in the broken body and shed blood of Jesus.

In Remembrance of Me. What a tender way of calling us to prayer, union and oneness of heart with our Savior. LORD, today I sup with You (cf. Revelation 3:20). I hear your voice and open the door of my heart for the entrance of Your Word, Your Life, Your Nature to come in. In remembrance of You, I drink the cup of blessing (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:16); I break the bread in communion with You and in fellowship with your sufferings. I desire with the Apostle to “know You in the power of Your resurrection and the fellowship of Your sufferings, being made conformable unto Your death” (Philippians 3:10).

Today, I recollect, call to mind and remember again Your sufferings and sacrifice and the Atonement You made for my sins. I eat the bread and drink the cup in remembrance of You.

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, sayeth my soul; therefore, will I hope in Him” (Lamentations 3:22-24).

Thomas Obediah Chisholm (1866-1960) wrote the wonderful hymn by our title as a memorial to the words of the Prophet in the Book of Lamentation:

“Great is Thy faithfulness” O God my Father. There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changes not, Thy compassions they fail not. As Thou hast been, Thou forever shall be.

Chorus: “Great is Thy faithfulness. Great is Thy faithfulness”! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand has provided. “Great is Thy faithfulness,” LORD unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest. Sun, moon and stars in their courses above. Join with all nature in manifold witness, to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Chorus:

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth. Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide. Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside!

Chorus: “Great is Thy faithfulness. Great is Thy faithfulness”! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand has provided. “Great is Thy faithfulness,” LORD unto me!

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A Horror of Great Darkness

“And when the sun was going down a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him” (Genesis 15:12).

Not many have had an encounter with God like that which befell Abram. The depth of the horror are not fully revealed, but the word of the LORD followed with a dire prediction of what would befall His Seed in Egypt. “And He said unto Abram, know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years” (Genesis 15:13).

Preceding this encounter was a wonderful promise concerning his seed; indeed, that Abram would have a son in his old age and his descendants would be as numerous as the stars of heaven, saying “so shall thy seed be” (cf. Genesis 15:4-5). Furthermore, Abram was given the promise that the land of his sojourn in Canaan would be given him as an inheritance (Genesis 15:8).

What we witness here in the encounter of Abram with God are the ways of the LORD. Those ways can be described succinctly, as Promise, Death, Burial and Resurrection [see Land of Promise, Chapter III, Hebron–Death, Burial, Resurrection].

Abram was entering into Covenant with Jehovah (see Genesis 15:9-11, 17-21). In the midst of cutting the covenant, the vision of the horror of great darkness occurred. This is just as deeply a part of the covenant relationship, as the promise. It is the way of the LORD.

Are you going through something with God right now? Are you confused because things are not going smoothly? Things are not as glorious as the promise seemed to indicate they would be? Understanding the ways of God will eliminate a lot of the anxiety, fear and torment of the “horror of great darkness,” the death to the vision, the burial of plans, and the oppression of enemies, opponents, and contrarians.

Peace, my brother, my sister, mi pastor, mon ami. Peace. The Land of Promise awaits. The Promises of God will be fulfilled. Believe in the LORD. Your faith will be “counted unto you for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6).

The LORD also said to Abram, “that nation whom the seed shall serve will I judge; and afterward the seed shall come out with great substance. In the fourth generation the seed shall come back to this Land” (Genesis 15:14,16). Read the Book. It happened just as was foretold. God is a faithful God. His promises do not fail. None of His words fall to the ground. They all come to pass.

Be encouraged. Be strengthened in your heart. Let your heart find faith. Worship and praise the LORD in all things. The way of the LORD always goes through the Cross. The horror of great darkness was there on Mount Calvary (Mark 15:33). Let the LORD have His way. He is faithful to keep the Covenant and bring you out to your inheritance in Him.

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