A Message from GOD of-the-Angel-Armies: “Don’t listen to the sermons of the prophets. It’s all hot air. Lies, lies, and more lies. They make it all up. Not a word they speak comes from me. They preach their ‘Everything Will Turn Out Fine’ sermon to congregations with no taste for God, Their ‘Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen to You’ sermon to people who are set in their own ways. Have any of these prophets bothered to meet with me, the true GOD? bothered to take in what I have to say? listened to and then lived out my Word? I never sent these prophets, but they ran anyway. I never spoke to them, but they preached away . . . If they’d have bothered to sit down and meet with me, they’d have preached my Message to my people. They’d have gotten them back on the right track, gotten them out of their evil ruts.”—Jeremiah 23:16-22 The MessageWow!!! Those are some pretty strong words. An impassioned God is speaking about those claiming to be sent by Him but with a message He did not inspire. It would be well for any who bear the name “Christian” to give some time to meditating on the above passage. Truly the greatest revelation of God’s character of Love was manifested at the Cross of Calvary. Yet, amid the settling dust of the cross, one of the most damaging misrepresentations of God would emerge from within the most unsuspected place, His church. Humanities’ heart-level picture of the type of being we imagine God to be has been subject to untold damage during a time when “Christianity would rule the world.” More blood has been shed in the name of Jesus Christ or of Christianity than in any other name or religion. And this has had its effect.
Yet the Bible tells of a time, here in these last days, when the work of “a pretender” will abruptly come to an end. Our understanding of God’s character will be radically “cleansed” (Daniel 8:14), and the earth will once again be “lightened” (Revelation 18:1) with the glorious, climactic, final revealing of God’s extravagant love for us all. God will have a people who are passionate about Him! Their chief concern (2 Corinthians 5:15) will be for God to feel overloved and overjoyed as they look beyond concern for their own salvation (Luke 17:33) to the “salvation” of their God (Revelation 19:1).
There are so many voices both within and without God’s church. Do we really understand what lies in the heart of God for us? Do we find our hearts moved beyond description as we see His grace, His love, His character for what it really is? And is this our cry to this world, our message, our emphasis? The trumpet must be given a certain sound. There was a time within our own history when that little lady of whom we all think so highly heard the trumpet giving that very right ring:
“Those who, since the Minneapolis meeting, have had the privilege of listening to the words spoken by the messengers of God, Elder A. T. Jones, Prof. Prescott, Brn. E. J. Waggoner, O. A. Olsen, and many others, at the campmeetings and ministerial institutes, have had the invitation, Come, for all things are now ready. Come to the supper prepared for you. Light, heaven’s light, has been shining. The trumpet has given a certain sound. Those who have made their various excuses for neglecting to respond to the call, have lost much. The light has been shining upon justification by faith and the imputed righteousness of Christ. Those who receive and act in the light given, will, in their teachings, give evidence that the message of Christ crucified, a risen Saviour ascended into the heavens to be our advocate, is the wisdom and power of God in the conversion of souls, bringing them back to their loyalty to Christ. These are our themes,–Christ crucified for our sins, Christ risen from the dead, Christ our intercessor before God; and closely connected with these is the office-work of the Holy Spirit, the representative of Christ, sent forth with divine power and gifts for men.” (To J. E. White. Norfolk Villa, Prospect St., Granville. September 25, 1895. W-86-1895)
May we be found, not simply with trumpet in hand, but playing the right tune.
I wish you God’s best this week.