“Go ye, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all of Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, for our fathers have not hearkened unto (heeded) the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.
Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, the keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.
And she said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read: Because they have forsaken me, and burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.
But to the king of Judah which sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard; Because thy heart was tender; and thou humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation, and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes (in repentance), and wept before me: I also have heard thee, saith the Lord.
Behold therefore, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.
And the king sent, and gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and ALL the men of Judah and ALL the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priest, and the prophets, and ALL the people , both small and great : and HE READ IN ALL THEIR EARS ALL THE WORDS OF THE BOOK OF THE COVENANT which was found in the house of the Lord.
And the king stood by a pillar, and MADE A COVENANT BEFORE THE LORD, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statues with ALL THEIR HEART and ALL their SOUL, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book, And ALL the people stood to the covenant.” 2 Kings 22:13-30 & chapter 23:1-4
Heard something so disturbing the other day on the radio, seventy percent of Americans IDENTIFY (our new hot word) as Christians BUT only ten percent adhere to the “Christian” code of morality.
Meaning sixty percent of that seventy percent think it is okay to lie, cheat, steal, and have no reason to attend any church services. I really wish that surprised me but it doesn’t because our new “IT” word for the generation is IDENTIFY and we can be whatever we choose as long as we IDENTIFY as such and pledge allegiance to that identity grouping.
Scares me to death and God Bless and God help the pastors, or rather the REAL ones.
My mind always goes back to a story, I think around a year ago about a “pastor” and his “family that had been voted one of America’s greatest “families”.
Yeah… this guy and his “wife”, who is also a guy, with some seriously beautiful long braids, which is exactly what the “pastor” said in the interview, that “he was just beautiful and he fell in love with him” to make matters worse (and yes, people can go from bad to better enjoy life on this earth cause it’s over in the next) they got “married” on a beach compete with taking communion, to partake of the Lord’ supper unworthy makes that person, or persons actually guilty of the blood of Jesus.
Mighty dangerous territory, attempting to “sanctify” an abomination by committing more ungodliness. Now they also adopted a child and had a thriving “church” while all the long God’s word speaks AGAINST all this.
We now know why sixty percent of the proclaimed “Christians” think they are perfectly fine just as they are.
None of them want to hear the true word of God, the BITTER that MUST BE taken with the sweet.
The CURSING that come from disobedience when all they hear about is the blessing with ever being told the requirements of obedience that bring those blessings. The LOVE and never the wrath that love can bring.
Such as our story above, they had to quickly try to rectify a situation that they were not even aware of UNTIL the book was found, in our world “How can they hear without a preacher and how can they preach unless they are sent?”
And preached to ALL the people and ALL the ears and told, without apologies that NOTHING other than a FULL COMMITMENT to the Lord and being SAVED and COVERED BY THE BLOOD and doing what He said.
So they sought the Lord and once they were answered, they MADE SURE that EVERYONE also understood His word and repented and agreed to the covenant.
Then they set about TEARING DOWN the pagan altars: 2 Kings 23:4-8,10-15,19,20,24:
“And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order; and the keepers of the door, to bring forth OUT of the temple of the Lord ALL the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for the host of heaven (sun, etc. worship): And he BURNT them without (outside) Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them into Bethel.
And he put down (caused to cease) the idolatrous (pagan) PRIESTS, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places of the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; THEM ALSO that burnt incense UNTO BAAL, TO THE SUN, AND TO THE MOON, AND TO PLANETS, AND TO ALL THE HOST OF HEAVEN.
And he brought OUT the grove FROM the house of the Lord, without (outside) Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and BURNT it at the brook Kidron, and STAMPT it small as powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.
And he BRAKE DOWN the HOUSES OF THE SODOMITES, that WERE IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, where the women wove hangings FOR the grove.
And he BROUGHT ALL the priests OUT of the cities of Judah, and DEFILED (destroyed) the high places WHERE THE PRIESTS HAD BURNT INCENSE, from Geba to Beer-Sheba, and BRAKE DOWN the high places of the gates that were in the entering of in of the gate of Joshua the Governor of the city, which were on a man’s left hand at the gate of the city.
And he defiled (destroyed) Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, THAT NO MAN MIGHT MAKE HIS SON OR DAUGHTER TO PASS THROUGH THE FIRE TO MOLECH.
And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah HAD GIVEN THE SUN, at the entering of the house of the Lord, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain (eunuch) which was in the suburbs, and BURNT THE CHARIOTS OF THE SUN WITH FIRE.
And the ALTARS that were on top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah HAD MADE, and the ALTARS which Manasseh HAD MADE in the two courts of the house of the Lord, did the king BEAT DOWN, and BRAKE THEM from thence(there) and cast dust of them into the brook Kidron.
And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were at the right hand of the MOUNT OF CORRUPTION, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded FOR ASHTORETH, the ABOMINATION of the Moabites, and MILCOM the ABOMINATION of the children of Ammon, DID THE KING DEFILE (destroy).
And he BRAKE INTO PIECES the images (idols) and CUT DOWN the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men. And ALL the houses also of the high places that were in the city of Samaria, which the kings of Israel HAD MADE to provoke the Lord to anger, Josiah TOOK AWAY, and did to them according to all the cats he had done in Bethel.
And he SLEW ALL THE PRIESTS of the high places that were upon the altars, and burnt men’s bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.
Moreover (also) the WORKERS WITH FAMILIAR SPIRITS (physics, mediums, etc.) and the WIZARDS, and the IMAGES (teraphim, occult objects) and the IDOLS, and ALL THE ABOMINATIONS that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah PUT AWAY, that HE MIGHT PERFORM THE WORDS OF THE LAW ACCORDING WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord.”
I do apologize for my bold/ not bold/ caps actions… but when writing it is a little harder to put emphasis on what I want to jump out and get your attention….. so did you notice that the priests, second priests, and door keepers, all those involved in the temple WERE who had the task of getting these abominations out of His house.
Why would that change now? It doesn’t, it is our job to root out and no longer continue to look over these behaviors, and TELL the world that it is NOT okay and that their behavior has nothing to do with OUR GOD, and as the prophet in 1 Kings 13, we must CRY against the pagan ALTARS that are trying to set up and call themselves “churches” notice also that these things were at the entry ways and set up by those in power and gladly accepted by the so-called priests of the day, much like this world.
And it is our job to tear them down. not through violence nor physical action, as was the case in that day. But in the spirit world through prayer and by the prayer of pulling down strong holds, and not condoning it and pretending it’s okay.
We can no longer continue to preach comfort (while it is good) and encouragement, one to another (which is good also) BUT it is PAST TIME, that God’s commandments, laws, and statues be truly preached, not just suggestion for living, but preached as He said it, as it is written.
And start preaching judgment, hell, and the afterlife.
And that THERE IS NO EXCEPTIONS TO HIS RULES ON SIN.
Sin is sin, He will forgive us, but we have to ask for forgiveness and to TEACH the definition as declared of God in his word, and proclaim the truth that sin is and it must be repented of and put away, left at the altar of forgiveness and to never be partaken of again.
That is the “putting on of the new man (person)” and becoming new in Christ.
But as long as there are those who contend for their fables of man-made salvation and have television shows and huge ministries that are allowed to pervert the Gospel, unopposed, as long as believers just sit mutely by, this is only going to get worse and it is either stand now or forget it.
If anyone believes He is going to allow the perversion of His word and His “house” much longer, you might want to think again. At ten percent we are nearing the end.
But with only ten percent left we know it is bad, really bad and if you are ever, ever going to stand for anything let it be the Gospel of Christ. Because at this rate, our generation may well be the last one standing!
Φλογίζω Σαλπιζω NBJ 2017
Original post date: 03/09/2017 Revisited 07/14/2019 as intro to new series