Scripture Reading, Message Bible: Isaiah 1, Nehemiah 1, Psalm 118, and 2 Chronicles 6. Song of Praise: He’s Calling You, by Donnie McClurkin. ”… Tell me what are you going to do? Your time has come for life brand new. Listen to your heart and your soul, do not evade Him anymore. He’s Calling You. Say Yes to Jesus, Yes to His Call.”
The year 2020 has plagued this country with the most chaos seen in over 100 years. Why? Because the country is battling multiple fronts: COVID-19, not seen since the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic in which my mother lost a sister and a young brother; riots, social injustice, and civil unrest in the streets of America, the worst seen since the 1950s/60s; a return of the economic crisis not seen since the 1920s/30s; a government with characteristics of a mob leader and fascist; attacks against our democracy and the rule of law like this country has never seen before. The West Coast is burning, the North, South, and East Coast have chaos and killings in the streets, all while this nation is being pledged with a pandemic killing more Americans than in any other country. A pandemic that was stopped by other developed countries and could have been stopped under an emphatic government. If there ever was a time for change, the time is now. So, what do I see happing here from a scriptural point of view and what do we as a people need to do NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE?
The book of Isaiah, the prophet, tells us what happened long ago that is still relevant today in wake of the current catastrophes. Here is what God’s anger has to say about Babylon, the world system and the people in this country, the Babylonians who have turned from God’s way of doing. A disloyal people who have turned from God commands for their own detestable fleshly desires. A people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, and even children are given over to corruption. They have forsaken the Lord and turned from God’s plan and purpose for anabundant life. God’s decree, “…if you would come back me to repent, I will heal you and make you a great city;…“, Isiah 1:7. The true-blue city is of equity, righteousness, piece, and justice for all. The prophecy of Isaiah and Nehemiah to the remnant of those that survived the exile.
This is history repeating itself all at once. Here is what scripture teaches in Exodus about a generational curse. Even though each generation face multiple challenges from the previous 3rd or 4th, God has given each the opportunity to repent. When these generational sins of inequity are engorges, catastrophes of all fronts can crash at one time. Nations around the World in desolate, cities burning like wildfires, lawlessness, and evil people are adding fuel to an already volatile situation. Like a city under siege. A spirit of fascism has invaded our country with a government intent on lawlessness, deceit, injustice, and chaos. This is not to be taken lightly. God is saying tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. The love of it more than life itself is the root of all evil. This is the horror of what we are seeing today. From slavery, racism, mass incarceration, insurrection, social injustice; etc. I believe it is all because man loved money more than life itself. When our economic depression is because of man’s failureto act or his selfish greed, we are acting totally against what the holy scriptures command; to love God with your whole heart and to love your neighbor as ourselves.
The season we are in cries loudly for such a love for others, but instead the chaos is compared to that of Sodom and Gomorrah also known as ’The Plain’. These are two of the five cities situated on the Jordan River in the southern region of Canaan. The plain once compared to The Garden of Eden, and it’s well-watered, green fruitful land suitable for grazing livestock. However, because of their disobedience, the cities were destroyed by fire sent down from Heaven. The fate of which was used as a warning to those who reject the gospel. I believe this day is also God’s judgment at work in separating good from evil for His harvest. The parable in the Book of John about the wheat and tier, chapter 15, shows us what is happening today from the point of a threshing floor experience. The wheat is separated for good and the tier is toasted out to burn, as with the threshing floor process. God is saying stop bringing meaningless offerings of your burnt sacrifices to the alter. A sacrifice of man’s plans and commands verses God’s. Your incense is detestable to me. Stop doing wrong and learn to do right. My people are being destroyed for a lack of wisdom from me. In other words, this is a wake-up call.
The separation of the wheat from the tier is God calling His remained, to stop doing wrong, serve Him and learn to do what is right. This is essentially the goal of God’s purpose. Ephesian 1:7-10. The why of it is to bring forth fruit and more fruit that will abound in the Kingdom of God.
Hear the word of the Lord, this is what I want you to do: wash and make yourselves clean by renewing your minds and walk in the spirit of God by faith. You rulers, and leaders of God and His Angel Armies, listen to the instructions of our God. I want you to call a fast, repent for the people, and blow the ram’s horn for spiritual victory. God’s decree tells them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they will build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life, a divine purposeful life. we will rebuild the old wasteland. An old thing is being made new. Everyone on earth goes through a refining fire to bring forth more fruit sooner or later. The newness of Innovation is in full force now in the Kingdom of God.
This is the call of God, and this is your blank check invitation to write whatever you want for a life in abundance and for the glory of God. GOD IS COMMANDING YOU NOT TO MISS THIS LIFE AND DEATH MOMENT FOR SALVATION.