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The Hunters

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Away from Me, Satan!  For it is written:  Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only[1] in Spirit and in truth.  Now then, listen, you wanton creature lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’[2]

See, every raised arm will be broken and every strong hand will go limp when the Lord takes away their pride and arrogance.  The pride of their hearts has deceived them.  They have become full of malice and indignation.  They have whitewashed His words and no one fears His Name.  So man will be brought low and mankind humbled, the eyes of the arrogant humbled.  He looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard cries of distress.  But the Lord will be exalted by His justice, and the Holy God will show Himself Holy by His righteousness.  So in one day, they will all fear and revere the Sovereign Lord.  So hear this, you who despise justice and distort all that is righteous, you leaders who judge for a bribe, you priests who teach for a price, all you prophets who tell fortunes for money…  Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord among us?  No disaster will come upon me.”  They will eat their food in anxiety and drink their water in despair, for their land will be stripped of everything in it because of the violence of all who live there.

O My people, My footstool, how I have longed to gather you to My banquet to eat at the feast of the righteous, but you are unwilling.  Look, for the whole world has been defiled with bloodshed, home and land has become desecrated and dross to Me.  So therefore, fill up the cup of the Lord’s wrath, which will be poured out on the entire world, from the death of His faithful Antipas until the last of our brothers are slain for the sake of Jesus Christ.  Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered; listen all you distant lands.  Prepare for battle and be shattered.  Devise your strategy, but it will not stand.

See, the Lord has sent many fishermen and they caught them in their nets.  Now is the time for His hunters to hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.  The hunters have put on the full armour of God to hunt and stand their ground, standing firm with the belt of truth buckled around their waist, golden sashes around their chest, with breastplates of righteousness in place, with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace, taking up the shield of faith, securing the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit to slay the accuser.  They will strike the earth with the rod of their mouths; with the breath of their lips they will slay the wicked.  They will neither harm nor destroy the Lord’s Holy Mountain, for the Earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the seas.

“Peace, peace,” man says but there is no peace.  The Lord is a Man of peace, but when I speak it shall be for war.  For the Lord did not come to bring peace, but a sword, “Ah, I wish to get relief for My Father’s foes and avenge My Lord’s enemies.”  They will drink the maddening wine of His fury; consider then and realise how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God and have no awe of them.  For who is like Him and to whom shall we compare Him to?

Come let us gather together His consecrated ones who made a covenant with Him by sacrifice.[3]  Sound the trumpets; raise the battle cries; sharpens the swords for slaughter.  Do not be afraid or He will terrify you.  Go, swift messengers, see it is He who created the blacksmith, who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work.  It is He who created the destroyer to work havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from Him.   Wail and say, ‘Alas for that day!  For the day is near, the day of the Lord is near, a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.’  Cry out, shout it aloud.  Although there are shouts in the city, they are not shouts of joy but of pain sorrow and anguish.  Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards; no one sings or shouts in the vineyards; no one treads out the wine presses, for He has put an end to the shouting.  It will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor – the earth will be completely laid waste… totally plundered.  The land is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.  Therefore, a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt, therefore, the earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.  In a little while the Lord will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.  He will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come and He fills this house with glory.  The silver is the Lord’s and the gold is His.[4]  Because of the oppression of the weak and groaning of the needy, He will now arise.  He will protect them from those who malign them.[5]  Be still, and know that Jesus is God; He will be exalted among the nations, He will be exalted in the Earth.[6]  At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.  And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the Earth to the ends of the Heavens.[7]  Look up at the sky and see the clouds, see how they sit poised, moving in formation, ready for battle, never breaking rank.  Out of them God brings forth prosperity and disaster; with them He makes rain, hail and snow; out of them comes thunder and lighting; yet man is able to pass through them, but unable to capture them and take them hostage.

He says to the snow, “Fall on the Earth,” and to the rain shower, “Be a mighty downpour.”  So that all men He has made may know His work, He stops every man from his labour.  The animals take cover; they remain in their dens.  The tempest comes out from its chamber, the cold from driving winds.  The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen.  He loads the clouds with moisture; He scatters His lightning through them.  At His direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever He commands them.  He brings the clouds to punish men, or to water His earth and show His love.[8] 

Consider and realise how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord Jesus and have no awe of Him.  Nevertheless, Jesus will bring health and healing to you.  Jesus will heal you and will let you enjoy abundant peace and security.  Jesus can take you out of captivity and will rebuild you as days of old.  Jesus will cleanse you from the sins you have committed against Him and will forgive your sins and rebellion against Him.  Then you can bring Him renown, joy, praise and honour before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things He does for you; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace He provides for you.  So you, who have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, stand in awe of Him and ask Him to baptise you with His Holy Spirit, so that you can come to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent, for that is eternal life.

So you can fear God and not man; be afraid of God and not man; be frightened by God and not man; revere God and not man; respect God and not man; be terrified by God and not man; be intimidated by God and not man; worship the Lord and not man… so you can allow the Lord Jesus to fortify you that you may kneel in awe of His deeds and mighty works.  Just as they who wanted to take the Lord, who came to the grove in the detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees and were carrying torches and lanterns and weapons[9], as they approached, Jesus asked, “Who is it you want?”[10]  They said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”[11]  When He replied, “I am He,”[12] they withdrew and fell to the ground in awe and worship of Him.  Now is the time for us to go forth with our torches, lanterns and weapons in Spirit, which the Lord has installed in us, and bring the enemies of God to their knees in repentance and awe of the Lord, the Lord and the Lord.

Amen Holy Spirit.                        


 

[1] Matthew 4:10

[2] Isaiah 47:8

[3] Psalm 50:5

[4] Haggai 2:6-8

[5] Psalm 12:5

[6] Psalm 46:10

[7] Mark 13:26-27

[8] Job 37:6-13

[9] John 18:3

[10] John 18:4

[11] John 18:5

[12] John 18:5

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