Saturday, March 18, 2023

Jerusalem Shall Be Holy

Bobservations' Column
Pastor Bob Lawrenz

I cannot think of the Book of Genesis without thinking that it took less than two full chapters for man to fall into temptation, and the entire rest of 66 Books by 40 individual scribes to fix things in a promise of restoration. Mankind sure can make a mess of God’s handiwork, can’t we? I shudder to think of what the Lord thinks of transgenderism. We are not getting better; we are getting worse! Talk about your major reconstructions!

Yet our patient Lord is slow to anger and abundantly pardons. If you have checked Google-Earth lately, you already know how miniscule humans are, but like “army-ants” we sure are capable of a lot of damage.

Today’s third chapter of Joel would seem to be the end of His Chosen People. The Battle of Armageddon (Har’ Megiddo), aka, the Valley of Jehoshephat, looks bad for God’s people. The armies of the world are drawn in, gathered by God, and He pleads for His people. They have been scattered, the land divided up, and drawn lots for the slavery of the Jews, young boys to be used as harlots, and girls sold for a bottle of wine.

(While I apologize for the imagery, this is what the Lord is describing, not me. This is His Word!). If you are having trouble thinking that mankind could sink that low, then please think about Jeffery Epstein on steroids!

This is a chapter about total social breakdown, and Armageddon is in full swing, therefore the Church is already Raptured into Heaven to be with Jesus, and the Holy Spirit came with us because His dwelling place is with men.

I Thessalonians 5:9 says that we are not appointed to wrath, and Armageddon is God’s wrath towards an unbelieving world and those left behind, after the Rapture. So then, without the Holy Spirit on the earth, all bets are off, and mankind sinks to their most base desires! There is nothing to hold him back from trying everything and anything. The visual is one of total chaos. And like King Solomon, only emptiness will be found.

“Give place unto wrath, for vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19
The commencement of God’s pay-back begins; eye for eye and tooth for tooth.
His punishment matches the crimes against His land and His people. THEN…
Restoration and hope… Joel 3:20, “Judah shall dwell forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation."


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