Kings Shall Know…

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“The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.’ ” Daniel 2:47 (NKJV)

Babylon’s king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream.  He had asked all his “counselors” to tell him the dream, and its interpretation – none could.  He evidently had not asked the Jewish boys, and they were condemned with the rest; until Daniel got word.

Daniel sought the king for a short period of time.  Daniel called his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah to pray with him; they did; and God showed Daniel the dream, and its interpretation.

It had to do with the future of the kingdoms of the world, and their demise.

The LORD God who has made all things knows your heart and mind; He knows mine as well.

God is calling you to Himself.  He is showing you, today, that He is GOD; and that there is no other.  He is GOD of gods.  He is King of kings.  He is LORD or lords, and calls you to know Him through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.

There Is a River…

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“Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.'” Ezekiel 47:12 (NKJV)

This river is a river we are told about which flows from the temple of the New Earth from Jerusalem to the Jordan, to the Dead Sea.  A salt sea, a lifeless sea suddenly given life.

Along its banks are all kinds of trees which bear fruit, and the leaves are for healing. The Revelation of Jesus Christ says, “…And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”  Revelation 22:2b.

May God give us wisdom to believe what He says, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem through faith in their Messiah Jesus the Son of God, and God the Son.

…In Their Midst Forever…

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“And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. No more shall the house of Israel defile My holy name, they nor their kings, by their harlotry or with the carcasses of their kings on their high places. When they set their threshold by My threshold, and their doorpost by My doorpost, with a wall between them and Me, they defiled My holy name by the abominations which they committed; therefore I have consumed them in My anger. Now let them put their harlotry and the carcasses of their kings far away from Me, and I will dwell in their midst forever.” Ezekiel 43:7-9 (NKJV)

The Lord GOD desires to dwell in the midst of His people.  That was so with Adam and Eve.  It was so of Enoch, Methuselah and Abraham.  It was true of Moses, and all those who walked with Him.

When there is evil in the hearts of men God cannot dwell with us.  He has made a way, and that is through the offering of His own dear Son Jesus Christ on the cross.

Because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and our calling on His name believing He sends His Spirit to live within us.  That is God dwelling in us.  God dwelling in our midst.

God will receive you just as you are; but He loves you too much to leave you the way you are, and by His Spirit will convict, and correct you by His Spirit and His Word performing His word and work in you.

Call on His name today, and be redeemed.

Making His Holy Name Known

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“…So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord GOD. “This is the day of which I have spoken…” Ezekiel 39:7-8 (NKJV)

I am in awe every time I read God’s Word; however, every time I read Ezekiel 37-39 I can feel my self trembling, because of the awesome presence of God, His Spirit, power and work in His people, and in the nations of the world.

There is much fear in our world today.  When you place your trust and faith in GOD however, there is nothing to fear.

God is the Holy One of Israel, and He will not allow His people to profane His name.  He desires the nations to know that He is the Lord GOD; and He will do what it takes to make it so.

As Christians we must remember that He sent us His Son to die on the cross for the sins of the world, and that no people, tongue or nations is left out of God’s forgiveness, redemption, righteousness or worship when we come to Him at His invitation.

He is Making His Holy Name Known.

It Will Be Done

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“…Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken it, and I will do it.”” Ezekiel 36:36 (NKJV)

We are hearing promises from the politicians, and non politicians, making all kinds of grandiose claims.  All are espousing their own glory and grandeur, of what they can do.

There are true and false accusations being made from both political parties.  What is true?  Is any of it the truth?  When it comes down to it, only God knows.  All you or I can do is make an informed decision based on the information that we have.

One thing is for sure and for certain.  We can believe what GOD says.  What He says, He will do and perform and do it for His name’s sake; not for me, my name or you and your name; but for His name’s sake it will be done.

When GOD says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” (John 3:16), then you can rest assured that He did, and He does.  That includes you.

 

Being Righteous

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“When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby. Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.” Ezekiel 33:18-20 (KJV)

Whose righteousness do we have?  If we walk in our own self-righteousness then we fall short of God’s expectations.

The following are verses from the New Testament:

“As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, no, not one…” Romans 3:10
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23

We need; I need the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and His death, burial and resurrection have supplied that to me and to all who will call on His name.

No More Confidence…

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“And it shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, which bringeth their iniquity to remembrance, when they shall look after them: but they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 29:16 (KJV)

Chapter 29 begins a proclamation against Egypt whom the “House of Israel” had placed confidence several times in standing against their enemies.

Israel had adopted many of the false deities of Egypt, trusting in them, having confidence in them, rather than the LORD.

Today we Christians can put confidence in many different things as well.  Robbing GOD of the confidence, the faith and trust we should have solely in Him.

Where is your confidence today?  Your education?  Your lack of education?  Your children, your car, your house and land can all be places we might put our confidence.

The Lord GOD will let you know that He truly is the LORD.  Begin by calling on the name of His blessed Son Jesus who bled and died on the cross, was buried and bodily arose from the grave, and He ever lives today.

Dwell Safely

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“Thus saith the Lord GOD; ‘When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to My servant Jacob. And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.” Ezekiel 28:25-26 (KJV)

This prophecy through Ezekiel is more far reaching than just a  promise of their returning to the land following the Babylonian captivity.  It speaks of a yet future day as well.

It will be a day when all the enemies around Israel are judged, some destroyed entirely, and others will continue, but be friendly with God’s people Israel.

This will take place when Israel will look upon their Messiah Jesus who died on the cross for their sins, was buried and rose again.

Jesus Christ is the only means for all the people of all the world to “Dwell Safely” in any land, or in any period of time.

Remember a key phrase throughout Ezekiel’s prophetic writing is “…They shall know that I am the LORD…”  That is God’s desire for you.

Dwell Safely through Christ Jesus.

The Word the LORD Has Spoken

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“I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee,’ saith the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 24:14 (KJV)

I do not know one Christian soul who does not know and quote some or all of the good promises of God.  I love them too.

Something we need to think of as a Christian in the world today is that those words God speaks to His people concerning their chastening, their discipline and judgment are the sure Word of God too.

We, Christians, are warned in the New Testament, “Our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29) and we are also told, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews10:31).

Let us always remember what the LORD has spoken, it shall come to pass; whether it is something we like or not.

Put your hand, your life into the hands of the Savior, the Son of God, God the Son, who bled and died on that old rugged cross to redeem us from our sins; and walk with Him.

Judgment, Death, and Dying

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“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” Ezekiel 18:30-32 (KJV)

We have all heard it said that there are two things certain in life, “Death and taxes”.  Death is certain and sure to come.  There has only been two people who have escaped death – they were taken up alive by God Himself (Genesis 5:21-24, Hebrews 11:5; 2 Kings 2:9-11).

The Lord GOD does not receive pleasure in the death of a wicked man or woman.  It does not pleasure Him to judge our evil.  He desires that you get a new heart and new spirit that we might live.

There is a “Death” which pleases the LORD, and that is in the death of His saints…

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15

We are declared “Saints” by God when we come to Him through the cross of His only begotten son, “…That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  In our death, we live, and God is pleased, honored and glorified.

Not Done Without Cause

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“For thus saith the Lord GOD; ‘How much more when I send My four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast? Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it. And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it,’ saith the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 14:21-23 (KJV)

The judgments of God on His people are never done for an unnecessary purpose, but to correct our direction, or to set our minds to thinking correctly.

Those judgments are the disciplinary actions of a loving, caring Father who wants what is best for His children.

A New Testament passage of Scripture to consider:

“If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.” Hebrews 12:7-8 (NKJV)

Be sure you are on the loving, caring, side of GOD. You can be there by trusting Him for the precious gift of His Son’s death on the cross as payment for your sins, His burial, and His bodily resurrection.

 

 

A Safe Place

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“Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.” Ezekiel 11:16 (KJV)

As I read this Psalm 91 and verses one and two came to my mind:

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

Though the words of God to Ezekiel were spoken to a captive people GOD wanted them to know that He was their security, their peace, their authority; that they would learn that in Him alone were all of these.

So it is for the Christian in today’s world.  It cannot be in part, but in whole – GOD alone.

One Thing Humans Dislike About GOD

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“Then He said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke Me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in Mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.” Ezekiel 8:17-18 (KJV)

We hear all the time that “God is love”.  Everybody loves that about God.  Even judgment of His people is an act of love; but no one likes that thought.

Most of the time when I share a “Positive” Scripture or a comforting, uplifting one;  there will always be more visitors or hits on this site.  Because no body likes to hear about God’s judgment or His anger against our sins.

In the verses above we have the people who called themselves “God’s people” actually “Thumbing their nose” at God – this was the LORD’S accusation to Ezekiel of them.  Thumbing their nose in contempt and mockery.  That was the reason for their captivity.  They had taken the words of the LORD in contempt.

It was the wrath, the anger of our GOD who slew His own Son on Calvary’s cross; for our sins (John 3:16); yet it was His greatest act of love for all mankind; for all who will call on the name of the Lord.

I like that about God; and trust Him for it.  How about you?

Open Your Mouth and Eat

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And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they are a rebellious house. You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are rebellious. But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” Ezekiel 2:6-8 (NKJV)

Ezekiel is a prophet of God who is captive in the foreign land of Babylon; Nebuchadnezzar is the king, and yet the people of God held captive there are called stubborn, rebellious, hardheaded, people.

In that foreign land GOD calls Ezekiel ‘son of man’ a term of endearment, because he loves God, and God has a special place for him.

As Christians in today’s world, we too are in a foreign land, which is no longer favorable toward Biblical Christianity, nor our GOD and Savior.  Yet, we are called to be the light in a dark world.

If we are going to be the light, then we cannot be like those who live in rebellion against God or His Word.  We are to be faithful to Him in all things.

Let your food be the Word of God.  Eat it through reading and study.  Let it fill your heart, mind and soul; and let it be your strength which leads you into prayer, and living.

We Are Not Consumed…

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“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, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 (KJV)

It would be good to remember Hebrews 12:29, as we think of these verses from Lamentations of Jeremiah the prophet.

You and I experience the mercy of the LORD each day we live.  His mercies do not fail.  They are new every morning; because the LORD is faithful.

Though we have sinned, He still loves – “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The holy died for the unholy.  The uncursed was cursed for you and me.  That is grace.

The very truth that we are sinners, and God does not destroy us is His mercy.  Yet, He gave us the gift of His Son.  Call on the name of Jesus and be saved today.

Doing GOD’S Word

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“And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison, and spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon, and changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life. And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.” Jeremiah 52:31-34 (KJV)

Jehoiachin was a king of Judah who did evil in the sight of the LORD.  Yet, he followed the direction of the word of the LORD which Jeremiah spoke concerning a peaceful surrender to Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 24:8-12 and 2 Chronicles 36:9-10).

The book of Jeremiah has a plethora of prophetic judgment, promises, and warfare. The prophecy ends with some mercy being shown to a man who did not deserve it.

The word here for you and me is that we receive mercy everyday which we do not deserve.  Let us thank our Lord and GOD who gives us all good things, and let us remember that He has not only shown us mercy, but He has given us His Son, who is God the Son who died on the cross, was buried and rose again.  He is returning one day soon.

Judgment and Hope for Nations

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“And I will set My throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes,’ saith the LORD. ‘But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam,’ saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 49:38-39 (KJV)

In the past few chapters of Jeremiah’s prophecy God has given him several  pronouncements against nations which have persecuted, and tormented the nation of Israel.

The nation of Israel has not been without fault.  They were to be a people who brought other people and nations to God, and they drastically failed, and were held accountable for it.

In Chapter 48 and 49 there are three verses with three different nations mentioned which are promised to return from captivity -Moab (48:47), Ammon (49:6), and Elam (49:38-39).

The significance of that is that God desires that people of all the earth know Him; and that has always been His desire.  Let it be our desire as well.

“That all the world may know that I am the LORD.”

Dismayed and Fearful?

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“But fear not thou, O My servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid. Fear thou not, O Jacob My servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.” Jeremiah 46:27-28 (KJV)

When the LORD spoke these words to the people of Judah they were in Egypt following their disobedience in going there thinking they could escape Nebuchadnezzar, and his army.

As Christians we must know today that there is still no escape from our sin when there is no repentance.  Someone still pays the price.  We do.  Yes! There is forgiveness for sin for the Christian, but only when there is confession and repentance (1 John 1:9).

We often make decisions based on “Fear”.  We can, however, trust the LORD, walk with Him – that is believing His Word, staying where He tells us to stay, doing what He tells us to do… – and then, there is no need for fear.

When we fear only GOD; there is nothing else to fear.  “Be not afraid” is only practiced when we are walking with GOD through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.

Asking GOD with a Made Up Mind

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“…Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before Him; ‘If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent Me of the evil that I have done unto you. Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.” Jeremiah 42:9-12 (KJV)

The people left behind in Jerusalem following Nebuchadnezzar’s taking of the land and the people were given freedom to live and make their way in their land.  They were fearful, however, and thought that Neby just might go against his word and come back and destroy them.

These people of Judah go to Jeremiah to seek the LORD for them concerning what to do about staying in the land.  Get this; they already had their minds made up that they were going to go to Egypt.  After all they were afraid.  They wanted safety.  They wanted to eat.  They wanted what everybody else wants – to no longer be afraid.

How many times have we gone to God with our prayers for guidance, with our minds already made up; then, we hear Him giving us guidance another direction; but our minds have been set already?

The LORD has His people’s best good in His heart.  He knows better than you or me what is best for us.

Be sure to read all of Chapter 42.

When the Word of GOD is Spoken

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“Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying, ‘Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto Me to enquire of Me; Behold, Pharaoh’s army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land. And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire.'” Jeremiah 37:6-8 (KJV)

When GOD speaks He is to be heard. The puppet king of Judah wanted to hear what God said, but he did not want to hear the above.

The words spoken above seems negative to the rebellious ear; but rest in this knowing that GOD fulfills, and  performs every word He speaks; and that is positive.

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