The Lord's sword.
Is the Lord's sword coming? Is the coming eclipse over America a warning?
“The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.
Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves."
Wickedness on the rise
Since the November 2016 election, America has witnessed a rise in wickedness that most of us thought would never be seen again on the face of the earth. Christians against Christians, hispanics against hispanics, whites against whites, blacks against blacks and really anyone against anyone in the name of Trump or anti-Trump. Day by day we’ve seen hate take on all shapes and colors in the name of love. Each side defending themselves with what they believe to be the facts. The need to be right has superseded love. Tolerance, intolerance who cares? The moral compass lines have become so blurred giving rise to social indecency in proportions never seen before. How can the nation heal from this? We can only turn to the Lord’s promises for the healing of a nation as written in His word.
2 Chronicles 7:14
“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. “
The Lord promises forgiveness and healing after we humble ourselves, pray, seek the Lord’s face and turn from wicked ways! This is a commonly quoted verse by VP Mike Pence and other American leaders both present and historic and I believe it is beyond high time the nation listened and heeded to this call! May the religious leaders plead before the Lord as the prophet Joel warned; cry out to Him to “spare the land.”
“Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.
Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”
The Lord’s mercy
We serve a God of love and mercy. He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked that rather they would turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die people of Israel? (Ezekiel 33:11).
In 2 Peter 3 we read: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” It is the Lord’s desire for the wicked to come to repentance. A shift in attitudes from evil to good. A change in beliefs from a self-centred approach to living for Christ. Accepting that all have fallen short and need the mercy and grace of a loving saviour, Christ Jesus (Romans 3:23-24).
Do you want to live?
That depends, are you living a righteous life or a wicked life? We must not rely on our own deceiving hearts to answer this and surely we must not place confidence in our own righteousness. The way to examine ourselves is clearly defined in Ezekiel 33:12-16:
‘If someone who is righteous disobeys, that person’s former righteousness will count for nothing. And if someone who is wicked repents, that person’s former wickedness will not bring condemnation. The righteous person who sins will not be allowed to live even though they were formerly righteous.’
If I tell a righteous person that they will surely live, but then they trust in their righteousness and do evil, none of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered; they will die for the evil they have done.
And if I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but they then turn away from their sin and do what is just and right— if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen, follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil—that person will surely live; they will not die. None of the sins that person has committed will be remembered against them. They have done what is just and right; they will surely live.
“But I will judge each one of you according to your own ways.” - Ezekiel 33:20
Dear Lord, have mercy on us. Spare your people oh Lord. Replace our hardened hearts for ones that hear your voice and obey your commands. May we live to testify of your goodness and leave a righteous inheritance for generations to come. Amen.