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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Our High Priest's fan is in His hand

“Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor.” (Matt. 3:12).

He will scatter our self-confidence that resulted from His showing His great power in our behalf. Certainly, we must be especially important if the Almighty delivered the Reformation and Adventist forefathers! Right?

“Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land…” —we don’t deserve the least credit or merit for what the Lord has done for the Protestant and Advent movements— “…but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord doth drive them out from before thee.
Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee…
Understand therefore, that the Lord thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.” (Deut. 9:4-6).

We see ourselves not as “sinners of the Gentiles,” but rather, “[godly] by nature.” (Gal. 2:15). We, having been “ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish [our] own righteousness, have not submitted [our]selves unto the righteousness of God.” (Rom. 10:3). So, He is in the process of scattering our morality because we’ve used it to prop up our worthiness before God.

He will scatter our financial prosperity because we’ve used that also for merit. God prospers those who obey Him, right? Protestants must have been obedient. Hasn’t He prospered us; hasn’t God blessed America? Yet, He will scatter our prosperity to the furthest corners of the globe. And our riches will become “like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them.” (Dan. 2:35). “I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men.” (Deut. 32:26). As we learned from Daniel 12:7 and Revelation 10:7, this threat from Jehovah through Moses wasn’t for ancient Israel only, but has been proclaimed against modern, spiritual Israel—i.e. us, the church.

All of our intelligence and technology, all our science and philosophy, all the talents and genius that people have depended upon for boasting, all our great achievements, all the “imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,” will be cast down and scattered to the winds. (2Cor. 10:5). “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.” (Isa. 2:11). “Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.” (Obad. 1:4).

“When He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people,” “the mystery of God [will] be finished.” (Dan. 12:7;Rev. 10:7). Christ will not cease His scattering work of His church until all hope in self is abandoned by His people, and their every thought is brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.” (1Cor. 3:11-14). Nothing but the pure gold of faith and love will endure. Mercy will stand the great test. “For…mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” (Jas. 2:13). Is the church building on such a foundation which Christ instituted? Or on the vain hopes of the religious, moral, self-exalted inventions of men? It will all be swept away in the coming storm.

Nothing which we’ve used to attach self-importance to will escape the corruption as Babylon continues to rise again. It will all appear in its inherent hideousness; we will see our idolatry plainly, as the grace and truth of Jesus is revealed in the Latter Rain of the Holy Spirit. The self-importance woven into religious conversations and the service to others and the preaching and Bible teaching, will abound in gross caricature. The anti-Christ power will appear, and the straight testimony of the True Witness will expose it completely.

The humble robe of Christ’s righteousness will be unworn by the vast religious multitudes of the world. Jokes will jump start hearts untouched by grace, even crude jokes. Hilarity and wry laughter will replace joy and rejoicing in God.

The supposed “holy” spirit will leave its mark everywhere. The worship to “God” will intensify to bring the Christians into its unrelenting hold. Laughing in the spirit and speaking in tongues will be vents for the stress growing in the psyches of Christendom who refuse to accept the truth about God’s Law and His Son who was born under the Law. They will increasingly need tense cries to “God” for peace, but their “God” is not the true God, he is God’s adversary. Their supposed “God” and “Jesus” have no plan to give any relief to the masses of religionists.

Only forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit can give real peace. Only when the devil’s presence flees as Jesus comes by faith to the heart does peace come to the soul. And Satan’s hosts have no intention of fleeing from the bodies and minds of a whole world of his long-desired victims. After waiting 6000 years to acquire their prize the demonic hosts will never release them again.

Only this horible state of affairs—the plain and painful reality of independence from our Creator and Redeemer—will convince the stubborn human heart that is bent on claiming Job’s position, “I never did anything wrong! I’ve been righteous. I’ve been a good person. I’ve given my all for God. I’m caught up on all my religious duties; I’m all tithed up, all prayed up, all devotioned up, all tracted up. There is no possible way that God can refuse give me a place in His kingdom.”

But they never obeyed His command to rest in Him. His gospel was to them only something to do, and not Someone to know. They never sought Him out until He caught them. He will tell them, “I never knew you.” His fan is in His hand and He will thoroughly purge His floor. He will “gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matt. 3:12).

All who were fearing God with all the light that they had will be able to stand through the final test of humiliation and conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit, and they will be drawn into Christ’s garner and be filled with all the fullness of God. They had spent their days suffering under the reproach by the servants of devils who had thrown themselves with abandon into the latest ecumenical, Charismatic rejection of God’s holy character.

“I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee [God’s servants], to whom the reproach of it [the hypocritical solemn assembly] was a burden [a mental grief].
Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.” (Zeph. 3:18-20).

“Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, saith the Lord.” (Jer. 31:13,14).

“I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.” (Ez. 34:16).

All who joined the papal Ecumenical and Charismatic movements became drunken fanatics who imbibed the hateful spirit of Satan and sought to harrass and to destroy the true servants of God who feared God and kept His commandments.

“For this is the day of the Lord God of hosts, a day of vengeance, that He may avenge Him of His adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood.” (Jer. 46:10).

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.” (Isa. 13:11,12).

“Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.
After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” (Hos. 6:1-3).

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