Fasting Weeping and Praying “Spare Your People”

We are called to a fast, and to pray that God would spare his people. Before we dive into this appeal in Joel 2 lets look at some passages that will help us to see the Big Picture; to understand what is going on here.

God’s Shepherd Warning

There are numerous passages in prophecy that show that God is angry with his shepherds. These passages show that the wrath is coming just before the return of the Lord. I think that is just around the corner!

Come Out From Babylon, From Today’s Harlot Church

Babylon is here today. She is right down the street. Babylon is not a nation or a geographic city, It is a spiritual city, a church. Babylon, the great hoar includes all of today’s denominations, any typical pastor – pewsitter church.

The Fall Of The Abomination

Today’s Priest class system is the abomination that causes desecration that stands in the Holy Place. They spoil the daily sacrifice, the pure worship and devotion of the believer by demanding the allegiance of their followers, and building their monuments to Prophets. They will soon feel the wrath of the Lord.

I’ve summarized seven passages to show how the appeal in Joel 2 applies to us.  These help us to understand our call to fast weep and pray that God would spare his people. I’ll include the full passages in the post script. Let’s start off with the summary of Peter’s call to Holy Living.

A Call to Holy Living [Gospel] NLT 1 Peter 1:13-25

We are called to live a Holy life, to – think clearly and exercise self-control looking forward to the gracious salvation that will come when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world – living as God’s obedient children, not slipping back into our old ways, not living to satisfy our own desires.

-We now must be holy in everything we do, just as God who chose us is holy.

-We will be judged or rewarded according to what we do so we must live in reverent fear of God as “foreigners in this land.” knowing that God paid a ransom to save us, the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

– Through Christ we have come to trust in God by placing our faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

We were cleansed from our sins when we obeyed the truth, and now must show sincere love, Loving each other deeply with all our heart.

For we have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Our new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

– “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. 25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.”

Blessings For Obedience and Curses For Disobedience Deu 11 & 25

If we obey the Lord’s 10 commands:

We will have strength to go in and take over the land you will enjoy a long life in the land, a land flowing with milk and honey! a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain, a land that the Lord your God watches over and cares for. God will set us high above all the nations of the world: our towns and fields, children and crops, herds and flocks, fruit baskets and breadboards, Wherever we go and whatever we do will be blessed. The Lord will conquer our enemies when they attack, scattering them, blessing all we do and filling our storehouses with grain. If we obey the commands and walk in his ways, he will establish us as his holy people, claimed by the Lord, and others will stand in awe. Giving us prosperity, blessing us with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops, sending rain at the proper time, and will bless all the work you do, lending to many nations, never needing to borrow from them, making us the head and not the tail.

But if we refuse to obey:

our towns and our fields will be cursed; fruit baskets and breadboards, children and crops, herds and flocks, these will all be cursed. Wherever we go and whatever we do, will be cursed. The Lord will send curses, confusion, and frustration in everything we do, until at last we are completely destroyed for doing evil and abandoning him.

Turn From Sin Is 59

Turning from sin:

The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save us, nor is his ear too deaf to hear our call but our sins have cut us off from God. He has turned away and will not listen anymore. Our hands are the hands of murderers, our fingers are filthy with sin, our lips are full of lies, and our mouth spews corruption. We don’t care about being fair and honest and conceive evil deeds that give birth to sin, weaving evil spider webs.

Rebuilder of Walls Is 58

We are called to rebuild the deserted ruins of our cities, to be a rebuilder of walls and restorer of homes; by Keeping the Sabbath day holy, not pursuing our own interests on that day, but enjoying and speaking of it with delight as the Lord’s Holy Day, honoring the Sabbath in everything we do on that day, not following our own desires or talking idly; then the Lord will be our delight and give us great honor and the inheritance he promised Jacob.

This is Jacob’s blessing: “from the dew of heavenand the richness of the earth, may God always give you abundant harvests of grain and bountiful new wine. 29 May many nations become your servants, and may they bow down to you. May you be the master over your brothers, and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.  All who curse you will be cursed,  and all who bless you will be blessed.

Standing in the Gap Ez 22

God will scatter us among the nations and purge us of our wickedness. Because our priests have violated his instructions and defiled holy things. They make no distinction between what is holy and what is not, and they do not teach my people the difference between what is ceremonially clean and unclean. They disregard my Sabbath days so that God is dishonored among them. Our leaders are like wolves who tear apart their victims. They actually destroy people’s lives for money! And your prophets cover up for them by announcing false visions and making lying predictions. Even common people oppress the poor, rob the needy, and deprive foreigners of justice

God is looking for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so he won’t have to destroy the land, If he finds none we will receive the full penalty for all our sins!  God spells out this standing in the Gap further in Joel chapter 2 where he asks us to pray that he will have mercy on his people.

Praying For The Wrath to Pass Joel 2

God is eager to relent to deliver us from punishment if we will just come to him, while there is time, giving him our hearts, fasting, weeping, and mourning, tearing our hearts instead of our clothes.

We are to blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem and announce a time of fasting; tp call the people together for a solemn meeting gathering all the people.  The priests, who minister in the Lord’s presence are to  stand and weep between the entry room to the Temple, the Temple porch, and the altar and pray, “Spare your people, Lord! [the porch is the uncounted worshipers where the gentiles trample the temple. John was told not to count the worshipers there in Rev 11:1-2. Most of them are not true God Seekers. The altar is the place of sacrifice, the believers life of submission], but remember, everyone who [truly] calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

So the priests who minister in the Lord’s presence, the good shepherds, [not the hired hands of John 10], are to stand between the altar, the believers life of worship and submission, and the temple porch, the place trampled by the gentiles [the uncounted] weeping and praying “Spare your people Lord”

Boldly coming to the Most Holy Place! NLT Heb 10:19-25

This seems like a very complete statement of the gospel. We are called to live a Holy life to:

-think clearly and exercise self-control looking forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world

-living as God’s obedient children and not slipping back into our old ways of living to satisfy your own desires.

-we now must be holy in everything we do, just as God who chose us is holy.

-we will be judged or rewarded according to what you do so we must live in reverent fear of him liiving as “foreigners in this land” knowing that God paid a ransom to save us from this empty life with the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

– Through Christ we have come to trust in God by placing our faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

– We were cleansed from our sins when we obeyed the truth, and now must show sincere love Loving each other deeply with all your heart.

– For we have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Our new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

– “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

Dear God,

Please spare your people. Help us to heed your call to fast, to call an assembly, to weep and pray between the porch [where the nations rule and trample the temple] and the altar [the believers pure life of worship and submission to your Spirit]. May you will be done. Help us to tun from our evil selfish nature to seek and follow you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Glenn

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Fasting Weeping And Praying Spare Your People

A Call to Holy Living NLT 1 Peter 1:13-25

13 So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.” 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days. 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. 22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. 24 As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. 25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.

This seems like a very complete statement of the gospel.

We are called to live a Holy life, to -think clearly and exercise self-control Looking forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world – iving as God’s obedient children and not slipping back into our old ways of living to satisfy your own desires.

-we now must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.

-we will be judged or rewarded according to what you do So we must live in reverent fear of him as “foreigners in this land.” knowing that God paid a ransom to save you from this empty life not mere gold or silver, but the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

– Through Christ we have come to trust in God by placing our faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

We were cleansed from our sins when we obeyed the truth, and now must show sincere love Loving each other deeply with all your heart.

For we have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

– “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. 25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.”

Blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience NLT Deu 11 & 25

The Blessings of Obedience

Deu 25:8 “Therefore, be careful to obey every command I am giving you today, so you may have strength to go in and take over the land you are about to enter. 9 If you obey, you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors and to you, their descendants―a land flowing with milk and honey! 10 For the land you are about to enter and take over is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you planted your seed and made irrigation ditches with your foot as in a vegetable garden. 11 Rather, the land you will soon take over is a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain―12 a land that the Lord your God cares for. He watches over it through each season of the year!

13 “If you carefully obey all the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and soul, 14 then he will send the rains in their proper seasons―the early and late rains―so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil. 15 He will give you lush pastureland for your livestock, and you yourselves will have all you want to eat.

16 “But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord and serve and worship other gods. 17 If you do, the Lord’s anger will burn against you. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain, and the ground will fail to produce its harvests. Then you will quickly die in that good land the Lord is giving you.

18 “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.

22 “Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him. 23 Then the Lord will drive out all the nations ahead of you, though they are much greater and stronger than you, and you will take over their land. 24 Wherever you set foot, that land will be yours. Your frontiers will stretch from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north, and from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 25 No one will be able to stand against you, for the Lord your God will cause the people to fear and dread you, as he promised, wherever you go in the whole land.

26 “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! 27 You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. 28 But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before.

29 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land and helps you take possession of it, you must pronounce the blessing at Mount Gerizim and the curse at Mount Ebal. 30 (These two mountains are west of the Jordan River in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Jordan Valley, near the town of Gilgal, not far from the oaks of Moreh.) 31 For you are about to cross the Jordan River to take over the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you take that land and are living in it, 32 you must be careful to obey all the decrees and regulations I am giving you today.

Blessing and Curses Repeated:

NLT Deu 28

Blessings for Obedience

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:

3 Your towns and your fields

will be blessed.

4 Your children and your crops

will be blessed.

The offspring of your herds and flocks

will be blessed.

5 Your fruit baskets and breadboards

will be blessed.

6 Wherever you go and whatever you do,

you will be blessed.

7 “The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!

8 “The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

9 “If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. 10 Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you.

11 “The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. 12 The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. 13 If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. 14 You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them.

Curses for Disobedience

15 “But if you refuse to listen to the Lord your God and do not obey all the commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overwhelm you:

16 Your towns and your fields

will be cursed.

17 Your fruit baskets and breadboards

will be cursed.

18 Your children and your crops

will be cursed.

The offspring of your herds and flocks

will be cursed.

19 Wherever you go and whatever you do,

you will be cursed.

20 “The Lord himself will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in everything you do, until at last you are completely destroyed for doing evil and abandoning me. 21 The Lord will afflict you with diseases until none of you are left in the land you are about to enter and occupy. 22 The Lord will strike you with wasting diseases, fever, and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, and with blight and mildew. These disasters will pursue you until you die. 23 The skies above will be as unyielding as bronze, and the earth beneath will be as hard as iron. 24 The Lord will change the rain that falls on your land into powder, and dust will pour down from the sky until you are destroyed.

25 “The Lord will cause you to be defeated by your enemies. You will attack your enemies from one direction, but you will scatter from them in seven! You will be an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth. 26 Your corpses will be food for all the scavenging birds and wild animals, and no one will be there to chase them away.

27 “The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, scurvy, and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. 28 The Lord will strike you with madness, blindness, and panic. 29 You will grope around in broad daylight like a blind person groping in the darkness, but you will not find your way. You will be oppressed and robbed continually, and no one will come to save you.

30 “You will be engaged to a woman, but another man will sleep with her. You will build a house, but someone else will live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will never enjoy its fruit. 31 Your ox will be butchered before your eyes, but you will not eat a single bite of the meat. Your donkey will be taken from you, never to be returned. Your sheep and goats will be given to your enemies, and no one will be there to help you. 32 You will watch as your sons and daughters are taken away as slaves. Your heart will break for them, but you won’t be able to help them. 33 A foreign nation you have never heard about will eat the crops you worked so hard to grow. You will suffer under constant oppression and harsh treatment. 34 You will go mad because of all the tragedy you see around you. 35 The Lord will cover your knees and legs with incurable boils. In fact, you will be covered from head to foot.

36 “The Lord will exile you and your king to a nation unknown to you and your ancestors. There in exile you will worship gods of wood and stone! 37 You will become an object of horror, ridicule, and mockery among all the nations to which the Lord sends you.

38 “You will plant much but harvest little, for locusts will eat your crops. 39 You will plant vineyards and care for them, but you will not drink the wine or eat the grapes, for worms will destroy the vines. 40 You will grow olive trees throughout your land, but you will never use the olive oil, for the fruit will drop before it ripens. 41 You will have sons and daughters, but you will lose them, for they will be led away into captivity. 42 Swarms of insects will destroy your trees and crops.

43 “The foreigners living among you will become stronger and stronger, while you become weaker and weaker. 44 They will lend money to you, but you will not lend to them. They will be the head, and you will be the tail!

45 “If you refuse to listen to the Lord your God and to obey the commands and decrees he has given you, all these curses will pursue and overtake you until you are destroyed. 46 These horrors will serve as a sign and warning among you and your descendants forever. 47 If you do not serve the Lord your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received, 48 you will serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you. You will be left hungry, thirsty, naked, and lacking in everything. The Lord will put an iron yoke on your neck, oppressing you harshly until he has destroyed you.

49 “The Lord will bring a distant nation against you from the end of the earth, and it will swoop down on you like a vulture. It is a nation whose language you do not understand, 50 a fierce and heartless nation that shows no respect for the old and no pity for the young. 51 Its armies will devour your livestock and crops, and you will be destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine, olive oil, calves, or lambs, and you will starve to death. 52 They will attack your cities until all the fortified walls in your land―the walls you trusted to protect you―are knocked down. They will attack all the towns in the land the Lord your God has given you.

53 “The siege and terrible distress of the enemy’s attack will be so severe that you will eat the flesh of your own sons and daughters, whom the Lord your God has given you. 54 The most tenderhearted man among you will have no compassion for his own brother, his beloved wife, and his surviving children. 55 He will refuse to share with them the flesh he is devouring―the flesh of one of his own children―because he has nothing else to eat during the siege and terrible distress that your enemy will inflict on all your towns. 56 The most tender and delicate woman among you―so delicate she would not so much as touch the ground with her foot―will be selfish toward the husband she loves and toward her own son or daughter. 57 She will hide from them the afterbirth and the new baby she has borne, so that she herself can secretly eat them. She will have nothing else to eat during the siege and terrible distress that your enemy will inflict on all your towns.

58 “If you refuse to obey all the words of instruction that are written in this book, and if you do not fear the glorious and awesome name of the Lord your God, 59 then the Lord will overwhelm you and your children with indescribable plagues. These plagues will be intense and without relief, making you miserable and unbearably sick. 60 He will afflict you with all the diseases of Egypt that you feared so much, and you will have no relief. 61 The Lord will afflict you with every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this Book of Instruction, until you are destroyed. 62 Though you become as numerous as the stars in the sky, few of you will be left because you would not listen to the Lord your God.

63 “Just as the Lord has found great pleasure in causing you to prosper and multiply, the Lord will find pleasure in destroying you. You will be torn from the land you are about to enter and occupy. 64 For the Lord will scatter you among all the nations from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship foreign gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods made of wood and stone! 65 There among those nations you will find no peace or place to rest. And the Lord will cause your heart to tremble, your eyesight to fail, and your soul to despair. 66 Your life will constantly hang in the balance. You will live night and day in fear, unsure if you will survive. 67 In the morning you will say, ‘If only it were night!’ And in the evening you will say, ‘If only it were morning!’ For you will be terrified by the awful horrors you see around you. 68 Then the Lord will send you back to Egypt in ships, to a destination I promised you would never see again. There you will offer to sell yourselves to your enemies as slaves, but no one will buy you.”

If we obey every the Lord’s 10 commands:

We will have strength to go in and take over the land you will enjoy a long life in the land ―a land flowing with milk and honey! a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain, a land that the Lord your God watches over and cares for. God will set us high above all the nations of the world: our towns and fields, children and crops, herds and flocks, fruit baskets and breadboards, Wherever we go and whatever we do will be blessed. The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you, scattering them , blessing all we don and filling your storehouses with grain. If we obey the commands and walk in his ways, he will establish us as his holy people, claimed by the Lord, and others will stand in awe of you. Giving us prosperity, blessing us with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops,sending rain at the proper time, and will blessing all the work you do, lending to many nations, never needing to borrow from them, making us the head and not the tail,

But if we refuse to obey:

our towns and your fields will be cursed; fruit baskets and breadboards children and your crops your herds and flocks will be cursed. Wherever we go and whatever we do, will be cursed. The Lord will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in everything you do, until at last you are completely destroyed for doing evil and abandoning me.

Turn from sin Is 59

Warnings against Sin

1 Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you,

nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.

2 It’s your sins that have cut you off from God.

Because of your sins, he has turned away

and will not listen anymore.

3 Your hands are the hands of murderers,

and your fingers are filthy with sin.

Your lips are full of lies,

and your mouth spews corruption.

4 No one cares about being fair and honest.

The people’s lawsuits are based on lies.

They conceive evil deeds

and then give birth to sin.

5 They hatch deadly snakes

and weave spiders’ webs[fallen churches].

Whoever falls into their webs will die,

and there’s danger even in getting near them.

6 Their webs can’t be made into clothing,

and nothing they do is productive.

All their activity is filled with sin,

and violence is their trademark.

7 Their feet run to do evil,

and they rush to commit murder.

They think only about sinning.

Misery and destruction always follow them.

8 They don’t know where to find peace

or what it means to be just and good.

They have mapped out crooked roads,

and no one who follows them knows a moment’s peace.

9 So there is no justice among us,

and we know nothing about right living.

We look for light but find only darkness.

We look for bright skies but walk in gloom.

10 We grope like the blind along a wall,

feeling our way like people without eyes.

Even at brightest noontime,

we stumble as though it were dark.

Among the living,

we are like the dead.

11 We growl like hungry bears;

we moan like mournful doves.

We look for justice, but it never comes.

We look for rescue, but it is far away from us.

12 For our sins are piled up before God

and testify against us.

Yes, we know what sinners we are.

13 We know we have rebelled and have denied the Lord.

We have turned our backs on our God.

We know how unfair and oppressive we have been,

carefully planning our deceitful lies.

14 Our courts oppose the righteous,

and justice is nowhere to be found.

Truth stumbles in the streets,

and honesty has been outlawed.

15 Yes, truth is gone,

and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.

The Lord looked and was displeased

to find there was no justice.

16 He was amazed to see that no one intervened

to help the oppressed.

So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm,

and his justice sustained him.

17 He put on righteousness as his body armor

and placed the helmet of salvation on his head.

He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance

and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion.

18 He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds.

His fury will fall on his foes.

He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth.

19 In the west, people will respect the name of the Lord;

in the east, they will glorify him.

For he will come like a raging flood tide

driven by the breath of the Lord.

20 “The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem

to buy back those in Israel

who have turned from their sins,”

says the Lord.

21 “And this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken!

Turning from sin:

The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save us, nor is his ear too deaf to hear our call

but our sins have cut us off from God. He has turned away and will not listen anymore. Our hands are the hands of murderers, our fingers are filthy with sin, our lips are full of lies, and our mouth spews corruption. We don’t care about being fair and honest and conceive evil deeds that give birth to sin, weaving evil spiders’ webs[fallen churches].

We don’t know where to find peace or what it means to be just and good. We map out crooked roads, that lead to strife. We grope like the blind along a wall, feeling our way like people without eyes. Even at brightest noontime, we stumble as though it were dark. We look for justice, but it never comes. We look for rescue, but it is far away from us. For our sins are piled up before God and testify against us. We know we have rebelled and have denied the Lord, turning our backs on God. Since no one intervened to help the oppressed the Lord stepped in to save and sustain them. His fury will fall on his foes. He will come like a raging flood tide driven by the breath of the Lord. He will come to Jerusalem to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins. The Lord declares “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Rebuilder of walls Is 58

True and False Worship

1 “Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast.

Shout aloud! Don’t be timid.

Tell my people Israel[a] of their sins!

2 Yet they act so pious!

They come to the Temple every day

and seem delighted to learn all about me.

They act like a righteous nation

that would never abandon the laws of its God.

They ask me to take action on their behalf,

pretending they want to be near me.

3 ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say.

Why aren’t you impressed?

We have been very hard on ourselves,

and you don’t even notice it!’

I will tell you why!” I respond.

It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves.

Even while you fast,

you keep oppressing your workers.

4 What good is fasting

when you keep on fighting and quarreling?

This kind of fasting

will never get you anywhere with me.

5 You humble yourselves

by going through the motions of penance,

bowing your heads

like reeds bending in the wind.

You dress in burlap

and cover yourselves with ashes.

Is this what you call fasting?

Do you really think this will please the Lord?

6 “No, this is the kind of fasting I want:

Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;

lighten the burden of those who work for you.

Let the oppressed go free,

and remove the chains that bind people.

7 Share your food with the hungry,

and give shelter to the homeless.

Give clothes to those who need them,

and do not hide from relatives who need your help.

8 “Then your salvation will come like the dawn,

and your wounds will quickly heal.

Your godliness will lead you forward,

and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.

9 Then when you call, the Lord will answer.

Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.

Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.

Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!

10 Feed the hungry,

and help those in trouble.

Then your light will shine out from the darkness,

and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

11 The Lord will guide you continually,

giving you water when you are dry

and restoring your strength.

You will be like a well-watered garden,

like an ever-flowing spring.

12 Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.

Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls

and a restorer of homes.

13 “Keep the Sabbath day holy.

Don’t pursue your own interests on that day,

but enjoy the Sabbath

and speak of it with delight as the Lord’s holy day.

Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day,

and don’t follow your own desires or talk idly.

14 Then the Lord will be your delight.

I will give you great honor

and satisfy you with the inheritance I promised to your ancestor Jacob.

I, the Lord, have spoken!”

We are called to rebuild the deserted ruins of our cities, to be rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes, by Keeping the Sabbath day holy. not pursuing our own interests on that day, but enjoying and speaking of it with delight as the Lord’s holy day, honoring the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, not following your own desires or talking idly; then the Lord will be your delight and give us great honor and the inheritance I promised to your ancestor Jacob.

This is Jacob;s blessing “From the dew of heaven

and the richness of the earth,

may God always give you abundant harvests of grain

and bountiful new wine.

29 May many nations become your servants,

and may they bow down to you.

May you be the master over your brothers,

and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.

All who curse you will be cursed,

and all who bless you will be blessed.”

AMP Gen 32:26 Then He said, Let Me go, for day is breaking. But [Jacob] said, I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing upon me. 27 [The Man] asked him, What is your name? And [in shock of realization, whispering] he said, Jacob [supplanter, schemer, trickster, swindler]! 28 And He said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob [supplanter], but Israel [contender with God]; for you have contended and have power with God and with men and have prevailed.

NLT Gen 27:27-30

27 So Jacob went over and kissed him. And when Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he was finally convinced, and he blessed his son. He said, “Ah! The smell of my son is like the smell of the outdoors, which the Lord has blessed!

28 “From the dew of heaven

and the richness of the earth,

may God always give you abundant harvests of grain

and bountiful new wine.

29 May many nations become your servants,

and may they bow down to you.

May you be the master over your brothers,

and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.

All who curse you will be cursed,

and all who bless you will be blessed.”

30 As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and almost before Jacob had left his father, Esau returned from his hunt.

Standing in the Gap NLT Ez 22

The Sins of Jerusalem

1 Now this message came to me from the Lord: 2 “Son of man, are you ready to judge Jerusalem? Are you ready to judge this city of murderers? Publicly denounce her detestable sins, 3 and give her this message from the Sovereign Lord: O city of murderers, doomed and damned―city of idols, filthy and foul―4 you are guilty because of the blood you have shed. You are defiled because of the idols you have made. Your day of destruction has come! You have reached the end of your years. I will make you an object of mockery throughout the world. 5 O infamous city, filled with confusion, you will be mocked by people far and near.

6 “Every leader in Israel who lives within your walls is bent on murder. 7 Fathers and mothers are treated with contempt. Foreigners are forced to pay for protection. Orphans and widows are wronged and oppressed among you. 8 You despise my holy things and violate my Sabbath days of rest. 9 People accuse others falsely and send them to their death. You are filled with idol worshipers and people who do obscene things. 10 Men sleep with their fathers’ wives and have intercourse with women who are menstruating. 11 Within your walls live men who commit adultery with their neighbors’ wives, who defile their daughters-in-law, or who rape their own sisters. 12 There are hired murderers, loan racketeers, and extortioners everywhere. They never even think of me and my commands, says the Sovereign Lord.

13 “But now I clap my hands in indignation over your dishonest gain and bloodshed. 14 How strong and courageous will you be in my day of reckoning? I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do what I said. 15 I will scatter you among the nations and purge you of your wickedness. 16 And when I have been dishonored among the nations because of you, you will know that I am the Lord.”

The Lord’s Refining Furnace

17 Then this message came to me from the Lord: 18 “Son of man, the people of Israel are the worthless slag that remains after silver is smelted. They are the dross that is left over―a useless mixture of copper, tin, iron, and lead. 19 So tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you are all worthless slag, I will bring you to my crucible in Jerusalem. 20 Just as copper, iron, lead, and tin are melted down in a furnace, I will melt you down in the heat of my fury. 21 I will gather you together and blow the fire of my anger upon you, 22 and you will melt like silver in fierce heat. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have poured out my fury on you.’”

The Sins of Israel’s Leaders

23 Again a message came to me from the Lord: 24 “Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: In the day of my indignation, you will be like a polluted land, a land without rain. 25 Your princes plot conspiracies just as lions stalk their prey. They devour innocent people, seizing treasures and extorting wealth. They make many widows in the land. 26 Your priests have violated my instructions and defiled my holy things. They make no distinction between what is holy and what is not. And they do not teach my people the difference between what is ceremonially clean and unclean. They disregard my Sabbath days so that I am dishonored among them. 27 Your leaders are like wolves who tear apart their victims. They actually destroy people’s lives for money! 28 And your prophets cover up for them by announcing false visions and making lying predictions. They say, ‘My message is from the Sovereign Lord,’ when the Lord hasn’t spoken a single word to them. 29 Even common people oppress the poor, rob the needy, and deprive foreigners of justice.

30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. 31 So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my anger. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

God will scatter us among the nations and purge us of our wickedness. Because our priests have violated my instructions and defiled my holy things. They make no distinction between what is holy and what is not. And they do not teach my people the difference between what is ceremonially clean and unclean. They disregard my Sabbath days so that I am dishonored among them. Your leaders are like wolves who tear apart their victims. They actually destroy people’s lives for money! And your prophets cover up for them by announcing false visions and making lying predictions. Even common people oppress the poor, rob the needy, and deprive foreigners of justice

God is looking for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so he won’t have to destroy the land, If he finds none we will receive the full penalty for all our sins

Praying for the wrath to pass Joel 2

Locusts Invade like an Army

1 Sound the alarm in Jerusalem!

Raise the battle cry on my holy mountain!

Let everyone tremble in fear

because the day of the Lord is upon us.

2 It is a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of thick clouds and deep blackness.

Suddenly, like dawn spreading across the mountains,

a great and mighty army appears.

Nothing like it has been seen before

or will ever be seen again.

3 Fire burns in front of them,

and flames follow after them.

Ahead of them the land lies

as beautiful as the Garden of Eden.

Behind them is nothing but desolation;

not one thing escapes.

4 They look like horses;

they charge forward like warhorses.

5 Look at them as they leap along the mountaintops.

Listen to the noise they make―like the rumbling of chariots,

like the roar of fire sweeping across a field of stubble,

or like a mighty army moving into battle.

6 Fear grips all the people;

every face grows pale with terror.

7 The attackers march like warriors

and scale city walls like soldiers.

Straight forward they march,

never breaking rank.

8 They never jostle each other;

each moves in exactly the right position.

They break through defenses

without missing a step.

9 They swarm over the city

and run along its walls.

They enter all the houses,

climbing like thieves through the windows.

10 The earth quakes as they advance,

and the heavens tremble.

The sun and moon grow dark,

and the stars no longer shine.

11 The Lord is at the head of the column.

He leads them with a shout.

This is his mighty army,

and they follow his orders.

The day of the Lord is an awesome, terrible thing.

Who can possibly survive?

A Call to Repentance

12 That is why the Lord says,

Turn to me now, while there is time.

Give me your hearts.

Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,

but tear your hearts instead.”

Return to the Lord your God,

for he is merciful and compassionate,

slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

He is eager to relent and not punish.

14 Who knows? Perhaps he will give you a reprieve,

sending you a blessing instead of this curse.

Perhaps you will be able to offer grain and wine

to the Lord your God as before.

15 Blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem!

Announce a time of fasting;

call the people together

for a solemn meeting.

16 Gather all the people―

the elders, the children, and even the babies.

Call the bridegroom from his quarters

and the bride from her private room.

17 Let the priests, who minister in the Lord’s presence,

stand and weep between the entry room to the Temple and the altar.[the porch is where the gentiles are and the altar is the place of sacrifice, the life of submission]

Let them pray, “Spare your people, Lord!

Don’t let your special possession become an object of mockery.

Don’t let them become a joke for unbelieving foreigners who say,

Has the God of Israel left them?’”

The Lord’s Promise of Restoration

18 Then the Lord will pity his people

and jealously guard the honor of his land.

19 The Lord will reply,

Look! I am sending you grain and new wine and olive oil,

enough to satisfy your needs.

You will no longer be an object of mockery

among the surrounding nations.

20 I will drive away these armies from the north.

I will send them into the parched wastelands.

Those in the front will be driven into the Dead Sea,

and those at the rear into the Mediterranean.

The stench of their rotting bodies will rise over the land.”

Surely the Lord has done great things!

21 Don’t be afraid, my people.

Be glad now and rejoice,

for the Lord has done great things.

22 Don’t be afraid, you animals of the field,

for the wilderness pastures will soon be green.

The trees will again be filled with fruit;

fig trees and grapevines will be loaded down once more.

23 Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem!

Rejoice in the Lord your God!

For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness.

Once more the autumn rains will come,

as well as the rains of spring.

24 The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain,

and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil.

25 The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost

to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts,

the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts.[d]

It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.

26 Once again you will have all the food you want,

and you will praise the Lord your God,

who does these miracles for you.

Never again will my people be disgraced.

27 Then you will know that I am among my people Israel,

that I am the Lord your God, and there is no other.

Never again will my people be disgraced.

The Lord’s Promise of His Spirit

28 “Then, after doing all those things,

I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy.

Your old men will dream dreams,

and your young men will see visions.

29 In those days I will pour out my Spirit

even on servants―men and women alike.

30 And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth―

blood and fire and columns of smoke.

31 The sun will become dark,

and the moon will turn blood red

before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives.

32 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord

will be saved,

for some on Mount Zion in Jerusalem will escape,

just as the Lord has said.

These will be among the survivors

whom the Lord has called.

God is eager to relent to deliver us from punishment. If we will come to him , while there is time. Give him our hearts with fasting, weeping, and mourning, tearing our hearts instead of our clothes.

We are to blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. Gather all the people. Let the priests, who minister in the Lord’s presence, stand and weep between the entry room to the Temple and the altar and pray, “Spare your people, Lord! [the porch is where the gentiles are and the altar is the place of sacrifice, the life of submission]. Remember, everyone who [truly] calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

Boldly coming to the Most Holy Place!

NLT Heb 10 Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

1 The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. 2 If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.

3 But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. 4 For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God,

You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings.

But you have given me a body to offer.

6 You were not pleased with burnt offerings

or other offerings for sin.

7 Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God―

as is written about me in the Scriptures.’”

8 First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). 9 Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. 10 For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.

11 Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. 12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. 14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.

15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,

16 “This is the new covenant I will make

with my people on that day, says the Lord:

I will put my laws in their hearts,

and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then he says,

I will never again remember

their sins and lawless deeds.”

18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.

A Call to Persevere

19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. 28 For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. 30 For we know the one who said,

I will take revenge.

I will pay them back.”

He also said,

The Lord will judge his own people.”

31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. 33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.

35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

37 “For in just a little while,

the Coming One will come and not delay.

38 And my righteous ones will live by faith.

But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”

39 But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.

This seems like a very complete statement of the gospel. We are called to live a Holy life to: -think clearly and exercise self-control Looking forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world

-living as God’s obedient children and not slipping back into our old ways of living to satisfy your own desires.

-we now must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.

-we will be judged or rewarded according to what you do So we must live in reverent fear of him as “foreigners in this land.” knowing that God paid a ransom to save you from this empty life not mere gold or silver, but the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

– Through Christ we have come to trust in God by placing our faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

– We were cleansed from our sins when we obeyed the truth, and now must show sincere love Loving each other deeply with all your heart.

– For we have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

– “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. 25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.”

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