Jerusalem, Jerusalem the Lord is against you
1 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.
2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.
3 And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee.
4 And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.
Yesterday we received the message of how the Lord is going to deal with this Jerusalem. Today we receive the same message but with finer details as to why the Lord is against this false Jerusalem.
The word 'Ariel' which the Lord uses here to describe Jerusalem means 'lion of God' and comes from the root word 'lion like head'. Lion is a symbol of righteousness, that the reason Jesus was called the Lion of Judah. But Satan too is referred many a times as 'like a lion'. Satan deceives people and comes as a righteous person and this has always been a warming throughout the Bible.
If a person has the Spirit of discernment and the wisdom and knowledge of the Kingdom of Heaven, one would see the mischief that Satan is playing so well with the people of God.
Satan's agenda number one is not to harm or cause inconvenience to us but it is to destroy our spirit so that we lose what is set for us in heaven. The external things or physical things which he does are just to cause fear, hopelessness, and eat into the fruit(s) of the Holy Spirit in us. He does not have power to kill our spirit therefore he tries to put us in such a place that we die by the anger of the Lord on the Day of Judgment. Since he (king of Tyrus) is bonded, his associate (the beast / the prince of Tyrus) has camouflaged himself very well and uses all his wisdom and knowhow of the Kingdom of God to do his work (the word 'Satan' is not singular but plural).
Isaiah Chapter 29:1-16 goes on to tell why the anger of God is on Jerusalem and some of them are:
Celebration of feasts (Isaiah 29:1): In the Word the Lord tells us to celebrate the few feasts as defined by Him. These are done with a purpose, they are primarily not for us to enjoy but by our enjoying we are to witness to others the reason and cause of celebration. This Jerusalem has hundreds of feasts but the cause is in the dustbin.
No understanding of the Word (Isaiah 29:10-12): Since their hearts are hard the Lord has shut their eyes and thus they are not able to understand the Word. The highly educated among them reads it and yet does not understand it. The uneducated does not understand because he/she cannot read.
Lip service and traditions (Isaiah 29:13-14): All the prayers, sacraments and services of this institute are just lip service and they themselves do not know what they speak. If anyone of the people every pause and understand the words which they speak, if wisdom is in them they will shiver in fear. The words are full of faithlessness and words just out to anger God more and more. All that the Word of God tells not to do they insist on doing (like speaking to the dead and believing in another savior/s other than Jesus Christ).
Traditions like statutes are meant to build faith and not to keep people busy and far away from God.
Deeds done in dark places (Isaiah 29:15): Since this institute deceives like a lion, it does a lot of social things to hide the real terrible things it is actually doing.
Let me explain to you in simple words. If a man has wound with deep infection on his leg, by just putting a first-aid and not doing anything else even after knowing the case is satanic. First-aid is very necessary but more necessary is the actual medical help to remove the infection and heal the wound from inside. The bandage may give psychological relief but soon the person will either get his leg amputated or the poison will kill him.
If one reads in Acts the Apostles did give great importance to socials service and ran soup kitchens for the poor but they themselves did not get involved in it. They selected anointed good people to take charge of it but they themselves did the service of God.
Jesus did not come to start a chain of social service centers even though He loved the poor and sick He healed them from inside aimed at setting them permanently free from problems.
Calling themselves holy (Isaiah 29:16): They used the term holy and compare themselves to their Creator. We are called to be holy but we know that it is impossible to be perfectly holy therefore we all need the grace of Jesus Christ to pass thru as holy.
Since there was none holy therefore God had to come as man Jesus and be a sacrifice for us. Even though He was perfect yet knowing He was man He did not allow anyone to call Him good. It is only after the Judgment Day that man becomes good, complete, incorruptible and holy.
One brother of mine who is still in this institute and has some knowledge of the Word put me spiritually down last Saturday when he went about confronting people who were coming out of this institute and telling them we as light need to be where darkness is and that this institute will one day like the prodigal son will return to God in glory. It is like having hope that Satan will one day repent and turn back to God.
Dear brother and sisters in Christ we cannot say we know more than God. The Word of God has everything already written about this institute and we by our prayers, fasting or even sacrificing ourselves cannot change it. We cannot pray for the institute but can surely pray for the people still there in the institute that they hear what the Spirit of God is saying to them. We as light are to repel darkness not be a part of it.
For even after all this warnings there is still hope (Isaiah 29: 17 onwards), the Lord say He will bless them when they disciple themselves by turning to Him, by hearing to His Voice and seeing with their eyes.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, we pray for all your people who are still there in the grasp of evil one. Lord we speak against the beast and his institute and bind his powers and set your people free from him. We speak to their hearts so that their eyes will see and their ears will listen to what your Spirit is speaking to them...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
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