You would think the awful toll the Coronavirus pestilence from God, unrest and increased lawlessness is taking on our nation would be enough to bring especially all Christians that claim to love it to their knees in complete humility, brokenness, repentance praying like Daniel of old and grief as called for by God (Daniel 9:1-19; Joel 2:12-14). But while this Ministry and no doubt a few others also have called for this, you do not hear much about it in Christian media as the television networks for example, continue with their usual programming and messaging focused on what God wants to do even now, to positively impact the dreams, ambitions, wealth and health of their audiences.5
Regular readers know the Lord has not led me to anchor His call to repentance and true Holy Spirit fired revival to 2 Chronicles 7:14. It has been repeatedly and hypocritically quoted by many sincere looking Christian leaders and others for years in times of national crisis as though America is Israel of old to whom the verse speaks. America is not Israel that is God’s one and only “everlasting love” among the nations (Deuteronomy 4:32-40; Jeremiah 31:1-3, NKJV)! Among the founders of America and to this day there have been individual faithful Christians including those of my black forefathers for whose sake God has graciously and richly blessed our nation in the past.6
Now, however, as should be abundantly clear to all but the most willfully dull-hearted professed Christians, the Coronavirus pandemic is not just a national crisis, it is so globally as judgment from God! Quite as expected, 2 Chronicles 7:14 uncoupled from the preceding verse that gives rise to it has been trotted out again. If professed Christians would rightly interpret and apply the two verses together as they ought, then, there is an important spiritual application for us as individuals living in a time of divine judgment. For if the guilty as God’s people would truly “humble themselves, and pray and seek” His “face,” and “turn from their wicked ways, then...,” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14, NKJV).
But God will not hear petitions, forgive or heal the land we live in because the folk that are supposed to be His people in it will not repent from their wicked ways; denying that they have any ways that should invite His judgment! However, as I wrote earlier, so-called Bible teachers that for financial gain fixate those they teach only on what God wants to do for them materially now, are teaching falsehood which in God’s view is wicked and sin! They and academic religionists may also tolerate as equally valid corrupt personal interpretations of and opinions drawn from Scripture, but as the Lord showed with His rebuke of Israel’s religious elite and His apostles, the false preachers and teachers, God does not (Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 9:42-48; Galatians 1:6-10; 2 Peter 2:1-3)!
The false presumption one can teach whatever he or she pleases is among many wicked ways professed Christians have that are also idols they have set up in their hearts (Ezekiel 14:1-5). Other idols are success and the pursuit of it through realizing personal dreams and selfish ambitions, the attainment of wealth by covetousness and greed and health involving body and fitness obsession along with the purchase and consumption of related products. Also, there is materialism, racism, sexual immorality, worldly compromise and rebellion entailing the embrace of feminism for example, and its corollary, gender equality as the world defines it contrary to the divinely set order of mankind.7
All of the foregoing idols of the heart and more must be fully repented of by guilty professed Christians for true revival (Ezekiel 14:6-11), to give the nation a temporary reprieve from judgment and forestall that which is greater God holds back to the end more of our fellow citizens might be saved!8 Otherwise, as with ancient Israel our biblically prescribed example, God must judge the “persistent unfaithfulness” of those insisting they are His people (Ezekiel 14:12-13; 1 Corinthians 10:1-11, NKJV). For apart from repentance and true revival, they are flavorless salt that cannot be re-salted; worthless to God and “good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men” according to the Lord Jesus (2 Chronicles 36:15-21; Matthew 5:13b, NKJV).
Consistent with His longsuffering nature, God has given professed American Christians as false prophets, teachers, scoffers, religionists, rebels and de facto apostates plenty of remedial judgments and time to repent (Isaiah 1:1-9, 9:13-17; Jeremiah 5:1-9; Luke 13:1-9). But now, striking to the very pride-filled hearts of these stubborn men and women that do not fear Him, God is bringing unmistakable judgment from Him upon the land. ‘“Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel and Job, were in’” the land, ‘“they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,’ says the Lord GOD,” (Ezekiel 14:14-20, NKJV). It is therefore, as the Lord has had me warn, only the repentant and Holy Spirit revived will emerge as His people after His judgment (Ezekiel 14:21-23)!9
5 The welcome exceptions have been the networks’ special programming to address the needs of people created by the Coronavirus and the nation’s freshly opened
racial wounds in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder back in May. Regarding the latter, seasoned, sound and articulate national Christian black leaders with
biblical solutions, but that do not espouse the popular prosperity messaging championed by most of the networks are rarely heard from which calls into question just
how serious they are about ministering healing into the crisis. Interestingly too, picking who will speak for and to blacks to their liking, Christian white media owners
continue employing yet another of the historic tools used to create and sustain systemic racism.
6 America is not a Christian nation just because all of its founders tipped their hats to God, sought to include Christian principles in their founding documents and rightly
asserted every citizen must have a moral heart to make it all work. As I wrote in a previous post, while this was all noble, real biblical Christianity is empowered by the
Holy Spirit, not the well intended attempts to live out its precepts and morality through the sinful flesh! Not for the sake of being a “Christian nation” or its high ideals,
but His born again faithful in the midst has God preserved and blessed America! Read the two-part post beginning September 11, 2016, American Culture’s Religion,
under the category, Call To Repent.
7 Siding with the world against God to reject His perpetually standing order of mankind that defines male and female roles for this present, mortal age is not just over the
top, but open, brazen in God’s face evidence of rebellion (Ezekiel 8)!
8 True, biblical revival only results from soul deep repentance from all breaks with God’s Word which is sin. This sharply contrasts with what professed American Chris-
tians usually serve up as revival. Read the August 14, 2014 repost, The Sham Cry For Revival, under the category, Call To Repent. Also, here is where the implica-
tions of viewing America as a secular or Christian nation get real. For if America is a secular nation as from the Word of God I contend, there is hope for a great har-
vest of souls in the aftermath of true revival and God’s judgment of His people though as part of all this, the unsaved realize disobedient Christians have been a major
cause of their pain and react (Jonah 1:1-16; 1 Peter 4:12-19). But if as many contend from their hearts America is a Christian nation, then, its current wicked condition
and refusal to repent is evidence of apostasy with no hope of a temporary recovery or reprieve (Hebrews 6:1-8, 10:26-31)!
9 Most assuredly these will be the aspiring strong men and great women of God He led me to write about in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics. A print
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I trust God last month’s trilogy of posts presenting and exploring His future promise to us who are the meek, His faithful saints and eternal sons were a source of encouragement and uplift.1 This is a major purpose of Bible prophecy besides glorifying God who knows all things and the reason it along with the whole of His Word should be treated with the utmost reverence and care in objectively reading, interpreting and applying it as the Holy Spirit leads (Isaiah 41:21-24, 43:8-13, 44:6-8; John 13:19, 14:25-29; 2 Peter 1:16-21)! For our best days are not found in this present life and world, but all that God has yet planned for us in Christ Jesus contrary to popular teaching today.
Popular teaching today focuses primarily on what “God wants to do for you materially now.” But while God with Fatherly love and wisdom provides all of our needs and some wants according to His will (Matthew 6:24-34; Philippians 4:19), our salvation completed and glorious eternal future with Christ is the major thrust of the Bible’s New Testament all hinged on His finished work on Calvary, death, burial and resurrection (1 Timothy 6:6-16). The apostle Paul is very direct and clear on this when he writes defending Christ’s resurrection and empty implications of a future without it: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable,” (1 Corinthians 15:19, NKJV).
The apostle Peter, who writes in his second epistle to condemn and warn about false teachers along with scoffers, also exhorts us to be guided in our living by God’s planned future following the fiery end of this present creation in the “day of the Lord,” (2 Peter 2:10-13, NKJV). He writes, “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless,” (2 Peter 2:14, NKJV). The Lord’s “longsuffering” “is salvation” (ours, having already come to Christ and those still to come the Lord foreknows and waits for) he writes, which the apostle Paul too, wrote about and “untaught and unstable people twist” (2 Peter 3:15-16, NKJV).2
Despite Peter’s solemn warning that such people distorted Paul’s writings “to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (saying this, Peter elevates Paul’s writings to the level of Scripture as he earlier does his own--2 Peter 3:1-2), has not been enough to deter others from doing so to this hour (2 Peter 3:16, NKJV)! Knowing the end of such people “beforehand” he has written and warned about starting at 2 Peter 2:1, the eyewitness apostle further soberly warns: “beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked.” Instead, “grow in the grace and (true, biblically sound) knowledge of Christ,” (2 Peter 3:17-18, NKJV).
It is purposefully corrupt teaching that the Lord has had me crying out against and calling the guilty to repentance from with true revival; teaching that has spiritually ill-equipped a generation to face biblically foretold times such as we are in right now, and that will only grow progressively worse until the glorious return of our Lord. Indeed, because the guilty from many different ethnicities and socio-economic groups profess so loudly to be bona fide Christians, it has been amazing to see their incredible obstinacy I have witnessed during most of the thirty-five years of this Ministry the Lord led me to found and that officially came into existence on August 12, 1985 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Surely, if God has used any man as a prophet among the churches to hew the unfaithful with His Word since the prolific pens of the reformers, I am among them by His will as many in Dallas/Fort Worth for twelve years and here in the Northwest throughout the past twenty-three can attest (Hosea 6:4-6)! Over three hundred posts since 2014 in this forum alone; closing in on seventy “Call To Repent” posts that include several this year before and after God’s Coronavirus judgment and this two-part post.3 And why is this so? The Lord who gifted and called me loves you, is gracious, merciful, forbearing, patient and eternally consistent in His actions (Luke 3:7-9, 11:47-51).4
In obedience, I have sounded the Lord’s call to repent and will as often as He directs going forward to deliver the willing from judgment (Jeremiah 7:21-27, 8:18-22, 25:1-7, 26:1-6; Ezekiel 2:1-3:7, 33:1-9; Jude 20-23)! As I spent all of these years warning with the Lord’s leading, the days of His escalating warning judgments have come with the Coronavirus and there will be no going back to “normal.” Still, many remain obstinate as was ancient Israel; the Lord sending plague after serious plague upon His stubborn, unfaithful people who refused to repent as He speaks through the prophet (Amos 4:6-13). How long though, will the Lord hold back greater judgment upon guilty professed Christians who are supposed to be “the salt of the earth,” (Matthew 5:13a, NKJV)?
1 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth posted on July 12, 2020 under the categories, Black History and Encouragement. It was followed July 19th by Ruling The Earth Un-
der Christ and on the 26th, Earth As An Eternal Inheritance both under the category, Bible Prophecy.
2 Many Bible teachers today regularly distort Scripture by reading into and using it out of context to support their own ideas rather than going to it to objectively pull out
what is there in a straightforward manner. Beyond this is their accurate reading of Scripture, then, corrupt explaining away of the plain truth or command in it to justi-
fy their disobedience. Our Ministry offers a sound Bible Interpretation summary document for free download in the Strong Man Store to help those who want to pro-
perly interpret “the word of truth,” (2 Timothy 2:15, NKJV).
3 Read the April 5, 2020 post, God Is Speaking and Does Anybody Repent Anymore? posted on April 19, 2020 both under the category, Call To Repent
4 I can only shake my head with sadness when I hear renowned conservative pastors and Bible teachers arrogantly dismiss the spiritual gift of prophecy and ministry of
prophets from operation today in the Body of Christ so plainly taught by Him and His apostles in the New Testament. If this gift was only for the first century and until
the cannon of Scripture sealed as they presumptively supposition with no support whatsoever from Scripture itself, then, tell me why is church history filled with pro-
phets (to include many reformers) if not in name, function to this hour? Also, tell me how to escape the move of the Holy Spirit to speak and write what He puts in my
mouth of things present and future completely consistent with the Word written--not that I want to escape since His Word is joyful fire in my belly, but I call out the in-
ferred slander that I am self-called and deluded (Jeremiah 20:7-10; Matthew 10:27; Luke 24:30-32)? Scripture does declare when prophecy will cease and God stops
using prophets: at the Second Coming of Christ (Zechariah 13:2-6; 1 Corinthians 13:8-12)!
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