As I begin part 4 of Hearing from God I am continuing what is gleaned from the book God's Cure for the Post Christian Syndrome.... unfortunately a sickness prevalent in not only the churches of today but the nation as a whole... I recommended that readers would benefit from reading Malachi 3 and 4... 3 tells of how the Lord was calling “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me." and it is all in reference to the first advent of Christ. But there is a natural break in thought at verse 16-19. for the previous verses spoke to a broken generation of Judah who had turned their back on God. Then we move forward... scholars believe this next section is to our crooked generation, as well... for yet there is a remnant.
The Faithful Remnant
16 Then those who feared the Lord talked (Prayed) with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.
17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
This passage is key to the cure for our times.. for this devastated society that calls evil good, and good evil... a cure when God's people finally come together and pay heed to his Word, and work together in unity....
In a huge nutshell, before the coming Day of the Lord, there is a call from God on the church to do as was done in Malachi when the ministry of Elijah was foretold.. of one who would come to prepare the way of the Lord, That such a one, of course, was John, the Baptist, who prepared the hearts of the people as they watched for, and received Jesus, as Christ.
Today we see another great Day of the Lord on the horizon... He is approaching with greater and greater signs and wonders... as end time prophetic words are being acted out before us... on God's great stage.... His nation, Israel! Teachers of the prophetic books of the Bible teach that God is calling the church to do the Ministry of Elijah in our day, as well... Our assignment is to prepare the people for the Lord's second coming when He comes with holy justice to a spiritually barren land. I have heard many theologians speak of the coming judgment of God on the nations.... and no nation is any more worthy of his judgment than America.. But the remnant spoken of previously exists all a round this nation.. where pockets of groups are believing 2Chronicles 7:14, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. I just noticed the similarity to Malachi 3:16-19... he heard and wrote a scroll of remembrance over them because they were seeking after Him!I love His Word!!!
Prayer groups like Intercessors for America meet all over the country, I attend one every first friday evening and we lift up our nation before God our Judge and Abba Father in one! Congressional prayer groups meet on the steps of the Capitol, some churches still hold real prayer meetings when a handful of committed take time to come together to pray...our Christians United to Pray group that 5 of us ladies from our church started 3 years ago meets every other month around Roanoke to bring any who will pray together from every denomination... our goal is to unite God's peopele breaking the bonds that divide us by worshipping, praising and praying to the One who unites us. In 3 years our group as grown to over 50-70... and we praise God for the increase.... our hope is to fill the civic center one day! Yes, prayer is an important element. .. but, not the key to the cure of the sickness that plagues us..
The church must be fulfilling the ministry of Elijah by manifesting the true nature of Jesus and God to the world. The lukewarm church has not been exhibiting the nature of Christ in the world. They have hidden their light under the bushel...!
I have been sensing this call on my life even though it has been 10 years since I did the study on Malachi, I am hearing more and more God saying " The time is now! Prepare the way for the Lord.... we must let God prepare us...
Do I think that Jesus is about to step out on a cloud and gather his remnant away.... no, not yet, but soon... first, there comes a great Awakening.... when His Spirit is poured out on the church and lives are completely changed... Might this come because the remnant has stepped into their calling and lives are changed.... or could God determine to get the world's attention.. that the awakening may come with a great shaking of terrible magnitude ... But an Awakening is coming and God is saying , Church, it is time to step up in Elijah's place and demonstrate the difference in good and evil to this world..
Thankfully, as I continue part 5 I will discuss the steps we personally need to take to activate a cure from heaven!