But By My Spirit

An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?

Jeremiah 5:30-31

Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given over to covetousness; and from prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely.

They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, “Peace, peace!” when there is no peace… Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall…

Jeremiah 6:13-15

Were you not given God’s words from your very conception, America? Do you think you will find more excuse for your actions than Israel did before the Lord?

The same four indictments are against America today: False worship (Jer. 7:1-8:3), False prophets (Jer. 8:4-22), False confidence (Jer. 9:1-26), and False gods (Jer. 10:2-25).

I debated whether to say against the American Church or against America; I chose America as a whole, the Church included, because by her own words they have been one and the same: ‘A Christian Nation’. Was this not the long-quoted pride of America?

Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Do not trust these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these’.

Jeremiah 7:3-4

It is fascinating how like a modern worship song those quoted lyrics sound; I wonder if they are quoted from a chant or chorus.

Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say,

‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’?

Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it, says the Lord.

Jeremiah 7:8-11

I have long held my tongue, afraid to speak, afraid to shake, afraid to be wrong…

For ten years, I have restrained my tongue on this matter. But no more. As the lying prophets multiply by the hundreds, I realize the need for the spirit of Truth unrestrained.

Are you saved to do abominations in the sight of the Lord, Church?

Were you planted and prospered to commit the atrocities of wickedness now parading down your streets, America?

Heavens, no. And heaven has seen it all…

Therefore you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not obey you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you.

Jeremiah 7:27

America will be taken captive to another nation — overtly or covertly; she is already being invaded. Like a statue crushed at the knees, her pride will fall face down before the Creator of all things.

But He Said, She Saw, They Agreed

Yeah, but how can you know? As a dear friend recently put it, how can you know this or that is from the Spirit of God?

He said that America is going to make a big comeback, if…

She saw the rapture in a dream — the coming peace!

They all agreed that things will continue to go on as before and that this is all doomsday hype…

If we’re talking Christian, then the Bible, the Word of God, is always the founding starting point. No other foundation can be laid except Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 3:11), and Jesus was one with the Father and came to us to do His Father’s will (John 10:30), and from the Father, through Jesus, we have received the Holy Spirit:

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby),

the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf],

He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.

John 14:26 AMP

Let’s begin with claim one: America’s comeback.

What is this claim founded upon? Scripture? Dreams and visions? Signs and symbols? What? And what is the ‘if’ predicated upon? (Same follow-up questions.)

Are we cherry-picking scriptures or did the Spirit of God lead us there?

Are these dreams from God, our own subconscious, or lying spirits sent to deceive us?

Are these signs and symbols from God or the collective grasping of our imaginations upon anything that will soothe, bring comfort, or tell us what to do in the minutia?

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

John 10:27

I hate mind games. Never have I felt more abused than when suffocated by someone else playing mind games with me. (I probably shouldn’t tell the internet that, but there it is…) But the ones that have been the most detrimental to my health are the mind games I’ve played with myself…

Because, the truth is, when we quiet ourselves at the feet of Jesus, the Spirit of God confirms Truth and strangles the lies, IF we know His voice and IF we are submitted to His will — come what may, no matter what.

So, for claim one, we could say there is partial truth in it. God has always relented destruction when a nation AS A WHOLE or a people AS A WHOLE turned from their sin. Indeed, he has been willing to spare a city over one righteous man found in it…

Righteousness is not the boast of our present culture; it is not even the boast of the Church in America at present. ‘Freedom’, ‘Equality’, ‘Diversity’, ‘Self-Love’, ‘Pride’, and ‘Affirmation’ of sin — these are the present boasts in America and in the American Church (as a whole)…

So, where does that leave us, friend? I think it should be obvious…

In every captivity of Israel, there was a remnant or, at least, one lonely prophet who had not bowed the knee and yet was ushered into captivity along with the whole. Because the truth does not exclude the righteous, dear saints. If America falls, we are all subject to that earthly captivity with the exception of Divine provision.

Fear fuels this claim because no one wants to lose what little they have in life. It is a pretty word, a hopeful word, but it puts far too much confidence in America as a ‘special’ nation than it does in God, in my opinion.

Claim two: She saw the rapture! Get ready!

Everyone may not be aware that this belief is all over YouTube right now, but it is EVERYWHERE.

Let’s set aside the debate about whether the rapture is scriptural for a moment. I realize it is a very polarizing doctrine; for the sake of transparency, I will tell you that it is not a doctrine I put much stock in. But it is also a doctrine I hold loosely: If it happens, great; but I am not certain that it is what the passages used to defend it are actually describing.

I start with the same basic questions:

What is this claim founded upon? Scripture? Dreams and visions? Signs and symbols? What? And what is the ‘if’ predicated upon? (Same follow-up questions.)

Are we cherry-picking scriptures or did the Spirit of God lead us there?

Are these dreams from God, our own subconscious, or lying spirits sent to deceive us?

Are these signs and symbols from God or the collective grasping of our imaginations upon anything that will soothe, bring comfort, or tell us what to do in the minutia?

Many who are professing the rapture online do so through two means:

  1. DREAMS
  2. SIGNS OF THE TIMES

There are a handful of scriptures used to defend this position, but these are less promoted than the two things I just listed — First red flag.

Next, when examining these people’s words, little bits of their hearts and minds fall out. Like I said, we all leak; it can’t be helped. And I can’t help but notice the ebb and flow of emotion on the topic…

One minute they’re sky-high and rapture-ready; the very next day, they’re depressed about some less-telling or conflicting sign in the earth and lamenting how long the wait has been and, more or less, pulling their faith back up by its bootstraps. Red flag two.

Where is there hope? Where does it truly lie? In God or in the doctrine they’ve got a death-grip on? With Christ’s suffering or in their timely escape?

Well, another dear friend has warned us against getting caught up in the book of Revelation insofar as it distracts us from actually following Christ while we are yet in the world. I couldn’t agree more.

I take the rapture doctrine, shut it up with duck tape, and leave it squirming in an abandoned building: I don’t have time for more hope deferred, more fear, more escapism sought-after. I do all of those things to myself without adding this desperation to it.

Am I looking for Jesus’ return? YES. Sometimes I walk outside, look up into that big blue, and say, “When?”

We all desire and need hope… but I want my hope pinned to the only One who does not put me off or lead me on with carrots on a string. I need Him to be just as tangible and with me today! I can’t afford to wait for a rapture…

Can you?

Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:20

Claim three: Doomsday hype…

I’ve said it. You’ve probably said it. Anyone who heard their parents say it, has repeated it: ‘Every generation has thought Jesus was coming back in their day.’

Oh my.

Little foxes spoil the vine. Little snakes in the garden tell half-truths.

I used to say it, but those still saying it scare me. You’d have to be Amish and not watching the world news to vainly imagine that we are not nearer that day than ever before, in my humble opinion.

My first question here would be: Do these believe that Jesus is returning at all?

Belief is a funny thing.

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10:10

Is it possible to confess with the mouth and not believe in the heart?

In terms of language, the “and” tells me that these are two separate things: the belief of heart AND the profession of mouth.

Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

Joel 2:13

Can one say, “I believe Jesus is coming back some day” with their mouth but with their hearts and garments (figuratively) say otherwise?

I believe so. Our hearts always betray us, even if God is the only one who sees and feels the betrayal.

So, you’re working in the vineyard, you’re trembling and shaking a little in the heat of the day, when along comes a cute little fox and sits down beside you.

“Hello, little fox,” you say, welcoming a reprieve. He is soft and comforting and lets you pet him.

“Hello,” he replies. “Come play in the shade with me.”

You wipe your brow and look up at the sky. There’s still work to be done in the vineyard, but it looks like the Master’s return is hours away yet, so you join the fox under the shade trees and, after playing, fall asleep…

The fox, however, brings his cousins over to trample and dig up the vineyard while you sleep. He just wants to play. He has no concern for the Master’s investment nor for your labors…

Little foxes spoil the vine.

My problem with this claim is similar to the first two:

Where does it place the greater weight of hope? In Christ or in peace, ease, and length of days?

It’s not urgent…

It’s not today…

It could be today, we say, as we sit down to rest in our ease… Yes, it could be today, we mutter, as drool rolls from our lips and our horizontal worship ascends with the babblers and fools in unbelief at heart.

That is my concern with this claim. Not to mention it is not scriptural.

If the apostles felt the urgency of that coming Day, how much more ought we?

But HE said,It is finished” (John 19:30).

And she said, “Be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).

And they agreed: They [the world] will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful (Rev. 17:14).

Amen.

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