Editorial by Chris Josephson
"And the LORD hath done to him as he spoke by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbor, even to David" (I Samuel 28:17 – words of Samuel to King Saul.
A Mighty Wind
They called it a micro-burst wind that
knocked out two 92-year old stain glass windows in a prominent downtown
church in our town recently. Did it just happen? Can the LORD be saying,
"Get with it! This day, I’m not in stained glasses of the past.
On our place the same storm uprooted huge trees which stood between our building and a new street. Is it time to move out on a new road?
There is a wind that’s blowing which will rend the kingdoms of this world and give it to its rightful Ruler and King. "I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him" (Ezekiel 21:27).
We claim we will reign WITH Him, but are we really following Him and learning the rules? The Rules of the Kingdom are His never-changing Torah Laws! Yes, "LAWS". Many hate that word. For some time we’ve been declaring in this publication that "law" and "love" are not at war with each other. This means also that the Messiah of then and now is the same. God is ONE and He has one family, one people, one fold of sheep, ONE Shepherd (John 10:16), who is the same, yesterday today and forever (Heb. 13:8). There was none other God then, and there is none other God now. Let us not be carried about with divers and strange doctrines which pull us from our roots in the Hebrew Scriptures. He hasn’t changed His Word.
Generally speaking, Christians have become as described in Isaiah 65: "A people that provoked me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick. ["Provoke"? – how? By "sacrificing" in gardens and on lovely brick altars – beautiful edifices and grounds that serve for social reasons and business advances for the congregation only.] Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the mountains, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; [Have you tried to eat only clean meat (Lev. 11) at a church potluck or picnic?] Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. [In other words, "I’m right – If you won’t go my way, don’t touch me!"] These are smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day."
To put it plainly in the vernacular, God is getting fed up with transgression and is getting madder and madder. More than political kingdoms will be rent in the process of setting up HIS.
"Watchman, What of the Night?" (Isaiah 21:11) A watchman can only declare what he sees on his present shift. And it is NIGHT.
Two faults prevalent in "the watch" today are:
1) Asking, "What’s ahead?" Who can declare it? Only divine anointed prophecy can. NO ONE KNOWS ALL the answers. But immediately human reason clicks in and muddies the water.
2) Clinging to the past, unwilling to change. Let’s not spend our time building a museum to past accomplishments and looking at trophies in a glass case. When God says in Psalm 122:6, "Pray for" – He is talking about future achievements. We can praise Him for the past victories, but we don’t pray for them. "They SHALL" – is future tense.
"Prosper" – how?
Some time ago, a well meaning friend said to my late husband, "Elmer, for years you have been proclaiming the Abrahamic Covenant promise, "I will bless them that bless thee" and "they shall prosper that love thee" – and you’ve been doing it. You should be a millionaire by now!"
The blessing can include financial and monetary blessing, but there is a prospering much richer and greater. That of spiritual, emotional, physical, mental well-being. These are areas where God’s eternal laws reign.
If we love and long after Torah knowledge, we will find how to live successfully. The Jerusalem Prayer Mandate points the way.