Sunday, March 19, 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."

Today's Audio Message:
Joel 3:1-21 - "Jerusalem Shall Be Holy"

The last battle of the world will be called Armageddon. It is described as the rallying-place of the kings of the whole world who, led by the unclean spirits issuing from the mouth of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet, assemble here for the war of the great day of the Almighty.  

We live in a time where there is little or no reverence for God. People in our society think that they are more important than God. They have believed the lie that God doesn't exist and that, in the end, they will not have to answer to anyone but themselves.

Joel chapter 3 tells us a very different story. It begins with, 
“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem..."

Because of the judgments set during the "Day of the Lord," Israel's situation in the world will be dramatically changed, and God will deal justly with the nations of the world for the way they have treated His people Israel.

Summary/Notes: coming soon.

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