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Synopsis of Restoration / Revolution / Reformation
We’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from: 1Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
There are two “abominations” mentioned in the Bible that will cause God to release His judgment upon a nation. He will lift the favor previously bestowed upon it.The first is the shedding of innocent blood, according to: Deuteronomy 19:10 That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.11 But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities: 12 Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die. 13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.
The second is that of sodomy in the time of Sodom and Gomora …. today considered “homosexuality,” which fully describes it, rather than the term “gay” which was generally used to describe a person who is happy. Genesis 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; 2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. 3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
The Living Bible version says it outright…. vs. 4 As they were preparing to retire for the night, all the men of Sodom, young and old, came from all over the city and surrounded the house.
I will now drop down to verse 24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
This is an example of what happens to a city or a nation fully committed to abortion and or homosexuality. But let me stop right here and now and say, emphatically, that this is not a “hate” message. I do not hate, nor promote hate, of homosexuals any more than I do any man or woman who commits adultery. Both are sinful in the eyes of God. And, God loves each of them every bit as much as he does me and you.
Supporting their life style while knowing that either of them is an abomination to the Lord, will bring judgment upon us and our nation as a whole. Christians either don’t really know their Bible or don’t believe it or they could not with a clear conscience support anyone or any program peddling acceptance of abortion or same sex marriage in a wholesale manner. Either is contra God. We must not bless what God has cursed.
Bro. Dick, what can we do about it? Perhaps my wife can sing the slice of scripture we started with in order to bring it closer to recognizing it meaning. Sue Sings: WE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD.
Did you hear that….. we are a chosen generation…. now, today, you and I. God spoke to Joel 2600 years ago giving an end time prediction. Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Don’t panic because I am telling you that you and your sons and daughters will prophesy. There are three definitions to that word. One is to “foretell future events.” Another is to “instruct in religious doctrine,” which is what I am doing. And the third is to, “interpret or explain scripture,” and that is what you can do. Not just in your church but in your everyday life. Remember…. we are His body. Stop sitting back expecting Christ to come back and straighten it all out. If we don’t do our part He may have to straighten us out.
Our country is in a spiritual downfall and a spiritual blindness. We are called to be the “light unto the world.” We talk at parties, we shout at ball games, we argue politics, but we become speechless when it is time to stand up for what we claim to be…. a Christian…. a follower of Christ. Question ! How far are you following?
Have you seen little white crosses appearing on front lawns with a sign saying “Awake?” It is a group following a word given them by God to promote this. We have one on our lawn. At least start there. It is a small thing but it may start someone else thinking. My friends real hope for our nation is not in a particular political party or even in one man but in a remnant of believers who are willing to take up their cross and follow Christ to the ends of the earth.
“We are a chosen generation, a holy nation, a peculiar people…..” Act a little peculiar and “…show forth the praises of God.” Do you want to go where God is going? Or, are you only satisfied with a one-hour event with Him? Church is outside the walls of the church building.
Now lets talk about the title of this message: Restoration/Revolution/Reformation. It is time for a choice. If we miss this time and season we will forever lose our spirit of freedom that once empowered our great nation; including our religious freedom.
Recall with me…. Exodus 1:8 ~Pharaoh Oppresses Israel: Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. Do our leaders today understand the friendship America has maintained with Israel or the covenant the devout Jews have with God for the land of Israel.
Also recall, the Pharaoh appointed over the people “taskmasters,” which today we call work czars. Note also that the Egyptian government provided food and housing for the million Hebrews living in Goshen, if they did it’s bidding. God then began sending plaques to get their attention.
As I remember it the King James Version said in the 8th chapter of Exodus, “I will put a division between my people and thy people.” We now have the biggest division in the nation since the days of the Civil War; completely divided between Bible-based believers and seemingly anti-Bible mindsets.
Some consider it the devil dividing our nation. I see it as God; same as He caused the separation in Egypt in order to prove to the unbelievers that He was in charge of judgments
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