The mighty man shall cry there bitterly
Zephaniah 1:14 -
The great day [period] of the LORD is near [approaching], it is near [approaching], and hasteth greatly [speedily], the voice [thunder] of the day [period] of the LORD: the mighty man [strong man] shall cry there bitterly.
When people read the scripture which we received today as a message, they firstly think this day /period is during the last days (I do not know where they place these days, before or after their rapture in their table). They assume the problems will be so great that even the great and mighty will feel the wrath of God.
These few days have been getting more and more disappointing for me not in my personal life for the Lord has been very favourable to me every day in His great mercy. These days every time I look at what is happening with the Church (in general across denominations) it is very, very sad. In simple words I put it as everyone is on their own trip.
This is not talking just of the Pastors or Church leaders but more with the speakers, the preachers which give the Word not only at Churches but even on the television. I am talking mainly of those 'famous' ones whom people have made as semi-gods. It is not that these Christian preachers are preaching another Gospel. They are preaching well the message of salvation in Jesus Christ but after that they shoot in various direction that 360 degrees also is too small to comprehend them.
The more I interact with the top leaders the more depressing it gets. It comes to a state of not praying but crying with bitter tears unto the Lord. Deception is so great that one does not need to watch out for who is misleading but needs to really search for who is actually leading on the right path.
Almost 99.9 percent of the preachers are into recycling. They recycle Manna that was given many, many years before. It is not that they do not have relationship with the Lord, but it is that the Lord Himself is unable to teach them. They are like the Israelites who were during the time of Samuel. These people have not made the Holy Spirit their teacher but have made man their teacher. The teachers are so self-obsessed that hardly 0.1 percent teach people of how to learn from the Lord. When I came into the Lord the first thing the Lord did is shut me up and told me for nearly a year to just sit with Him and learn.
Among the kings of the people are names like TD Jakes, Bill Johnson, Reinhard Bonnke, Benny Hinn, Kim walker, Misty Edwards, Martin Smith, Louie Giglio, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Joyce Meyers and many more. Most among these have made people their disciples more than made people disciples for the Lord. A simple test is during time of trouble if the Lord is put on one hand and these preachers on the other, the people will approach these preachers first or run to them first instead of the Lord. It is not that they do not trust in the Lord but since they do not have a personal close relationship with the Lord they are helpless and thus run to these preachers.
I do not want to discourage people from hearing them or going to these people but I do not encourage people to stay with these people also. Even if people like Paul were alive today yet the suggestion would be the same. Understand everyone, as Paul himself puts leaders are put in our lives to develop us at different stages of our spiritual walk of life. Can you stick to your nursery school teacher forever just because she is good? She herself may have done her masters but understand she has the skill to teach the nursery and not the tenth class or the college level. Another thing that happens in the churches is what happens in many computer institutes here in India, students who passed the course and have not got a job are soon found teaching the next batches.
It is so sad (sorry I am using this word often but I am helpless I can only think of this word) after giving of the Gospel many of these preachers are so lost. The basics of the Kingdom of God are not clear to them. I do not say there is no one out there, who does not know, but these people who know are very hard to find and surely you will not find them on television for the world is so used to hearing the distorted understanding that anyone speaking the Truth is side-lined.
In today's message the Lord is telling us when the period of His wrath comes (soon) people like these kings will be the first to experience His wrath, for they are more accountable to the Lord since they are received much but fame, riches and obsession to blessings has led their hearts away from Him. They have become worshippers of the golden calf (prosperity and blessings) and not the one Who has given it to them.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, the people who You have given to lead your people to You have caused your people to focus more on your blessings in this world and less on You or your Kingdom the permanent place of their dwelling. It will come as a shock to many among us when we land up in Heaven and find that we collected very little treasure for ourselves there. Lord, your Word says your Fire will destroy all that is wood (of the flesh) and only precious pure gold (that which is spiritual) will remain. Lord we pray You quicken the time and expose those who are misleading and causing great harm unto your people...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves:
25 for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
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