Great vengeance on the dwellers of the sea coast
Ezekiel 25:16,17 -
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.
The Lord has been tolerating and tolerating and tolerating (I could go on pages after pages) since ages and ages and ages (there too the same) the foolish and rebellious man for one of the natures of God is slow to anger. But this glass which the Lord has limited for man has now come to its brim. Now that He has given us more and more of His Spirit and that His grace is abundant on us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lord is says these cannot be in vain. Either make your mind to be His child or be the child of Satan by being lost in this world.
In today's message the Lord is talking of taking serious action against 3 types of people namely the Philistines, Cherethims and the remnants of the sea coast.
The Lord is not talking of the people who existed during the time of Ezekiel but from the meaning of the words and the spiritual symbolization we will understand whom the Lord is speaking of.
Philistines means immigrants
Cherethims means executioners - this name was also given to the Cretans (meaning fleshy) or proto-Philistines.
The remnants of the sea coast - the word 'sea' symbolize humanity which includes generations of all religions, all cultures and all their beliefs.
The Lord is speaking to all Christian immigrations people who call themselves Christians but are not, they behave like unbelievers. Like today I received a mail which a person replied to my yesterday's mail about healing the sick by laying of hands and the person said these things were told only to the Apostles and not to all for people do fall sick. This shows how lack of faith the person has and shows how the sacrifice of Jesus does not mean anything in his life. By the sacrifice of Jesus we are healed and peace was made between God and man, but we fall sick because of our lack of faith and because we do not apply the Sacrifice into our lives. The Christians does not become a Christian by being born in a Christian family, nor by calling oneself one or by reading the Bible. A Christian is a person who believes in Christ and all that Christ did for him, he is the one who walks in the instructions of Christ. There was also a mail I received asking for prayer for some Christians whom the Hindus are getting converted back to Hindus in a large fair (mela) in northern India. Firstly how can a person knowing the Truth and knowing Christ can deny Him and still live? A person does not get convert to Christian unless he is converted from inside being renewed from inside. If they even entertain the thought of going back, it means they were not Christians in the first place and someone fooled them with a name tag or sold them the religion.
The second category talks of people who have become Christians because they want to be blessed in their worldly life. No doubt by faith we do receive all our worldly needs but wanting them more than what is needed goes against the foundation of a Christians. This we will understand when we understand why the grape wine is one of the most important fruit (symbol) for a Christian (the others being pomegranate, fig and olive). It was with this understanding Jesus called grape juice as His blood sacrifice given to sanctify us.
The third category refers those who stay on the coast line of the sea, meaning people who promote harmony between God and Satan. They are people promote harmony between all religions calling all gods are one god. A Christian does not mean he needs to be an extremist or fanatic. A Christian is called to live in social harmony even with those who do not know God, helping them in their time of need, thus become a light to those in darkness. But a Christian should not live in harmony of belief by compromising the Truth with vanity. A Christian should be strong and non-tolerating in his understanding with the understanding of the world but at the same time soft in heart emitting mercy unto those who need.
Time and again we are receiving warning and the Sword is drawn out to strike so let us review our spiritual lives and if we are in among these 3 category let us fall at the feat of the Lord and asking for forgiveness let us change our way of life.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are a merciful God Who is slow to anger. Before time You gave many warnings and as written You will take actions against the spiritual stiff neck people. Like You said either be hot or cold but You will spit out those who are lukewarm, for You are a Holy and Righteous God and value your Name. You will not allow your Name to be let low by anyone. Lord, we pray that by your grace and Spirit we show ourselves as truly your people and your glory surround us...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art the wretched one and miserable and poor and blind and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold refined by fire, that thou mayest become rich; and white garments, that thou mayest clothe thyself, and that the shame of thy nakedness be not made manifest; and eyesalve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
6 And Jehovah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth;
7 keeping lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation.
23 And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, It is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 And when the disciples heard it, they were astonished exceedingly, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, the vine, and the fig-tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive-tree have not brought forth; from this day will I bless you.
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