The national reaction to this violent act will be knee jerk and predictable. When I heard the news I was quickened in my spirit to this passage from Malachi Chapters 2&3 (I have restated this in FIRST PERSON GOD for impact). The prophet was speaking that way...it just helps grasp the gravity of HIS word to us. I have published them in RED because it is God speaking. I removed the ethnic appellations. The italics are mine. This prophecy is as much for us today as then:
You flood the MY altar with tears. You weep and wail because I no longer pay attention to your offerings or accept them with pleasure from your hands. We give and then wonder why the seed we sow falls on dry ground. There is a curse. God defines it further.I have not tried to read more into this then is already there. I heard this passage clearly when this all came down. There is a call for repentance. Will we? Our nation is at stake. The levites are failing to do their job. I am one. I am convicted.
You ask, “Why?” It is because I AM acting as witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
Have I NOT made them one? In flesh and spirit they are MINE. And why one? Because I AM seeking godly offspring from your union. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. Fatherlessness from our easy marriage and divorce culture is breeding violence in the land.
“I hate divorce,” says the Lord God of Israel, “and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment,” says the Lord Almighty, King of the universe.Violence is glorified in film, music, literature and television has gone out of hand. It is now our garment, not of praise, of violence. We are a violent nation.
So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.
HE warns us to guard our spirit, but I can say that my Christian friends are indiscriminate in what they watch and listen to. I am guilty as well. I prophesy to myself in this area. Guard your spirit Gene
You have wearied ME with your words.
We talk a good talk, but our walk is lacking. What we say we believe is not backed up by our behavior.
“How have we wearied THE LORD GOD?” you ask.
By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them” We support evil people by our efforts. We hold up as good those who are evil in the sight of God. Look at our entertainers, our music artists, our sports figures, even our politicians. Christians support them as well and call evil good by our patronage and votes. Consider the near beatification of fallen entertainers recently who did not deserve to be held up as beacons of light yet many winked at the evil they did and called them good. Rebellious sinners preached into heaven by rebellions preachers. Was he PLEASED with them or with us? Then we wonder why our children fall into perdition. WE set the example.
or “Where is the God of justice?” You Mock Me by your words. We blame God and ask for justice when HE is saying, you are my Body, YOU bring it to pass. I have given you everything you need for Life. Now walk it out.
“See, I have sent MY messenger, who will prepare the way before ME. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to MY temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. It is only Jesus coming to our TEMPLE that is our Salvation from this violence.
But who can endure the day of HIS coming? Who can stand when HE appears? For HE will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. HE will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; HE will purify the Levites (those in spiritual leadership) and refine them like gold and silver. It is spiritual leadership first in line for purification. The billions of dollars poured by well meaning persons into Churches and Ministries that has been squandered foolishly is now being judged. That money would have provided expansion of the kingdom. It was used for bigger buildings, bigger barns, bigger houses, bigger cars and larger lifestyles. God is not going to stand still much longer. He will purify the Levites first.
Then , I the Lord God of ALL will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness acceptable to ME, as in days gone by, as in former years. THEN the offerings brought WILL be for building the kingdom and not foolishness.
“So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but they do not fear ME,” says the Lord Almighty, King of all the universe. This last paragraph speaks to the corruption, the distortions, the outright lies told in our nation by those with a voice that is accepted even by Christians. The kinds of injustice that has caused people to fall into lack because of the lies they have received that put them in chains.
The Lord has spoken it. Now what will we do?