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If you have entered into covenant with the Almighty through the instructions (Torah) in his word, you have received of his Spirit. That Spirit is known in Scripture as the Spirit of Truth. He is God and he promises to lead us into ALL truth. If you haven't or do not know what God's covenant in the blood of Messiah is all about, we will gladly share those instructions with you so that as many of us as possible can prepare for the coming time of great trouble. There is true hope in these times, and it is all in knowing what YHVH has to say about all that is happening in the present-day world. We invite you to fellowship with us.
Francisco & Rosa Luna
A Singer of Pretty Songs
"And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not."
Ezekiel was a Prophet in the days just before the deportation of the house of Judah into Babylon. The ten northern tribes known as Israel or Ephraim had been carried away by the Assyrian Empire some 100 years before. But Judah had been mercifully spared by a miraculous display of God's power in their favor.
While the great and powerful army of Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, slept; the Angel of Death moved silently through the camp of the Assyrians and took the life of 185,000 soldiers. Their comrades woke up to the horror of finding 185,000 corpses among them. Imagine the fear that overwhelmed the heart, not only of the soldiers, but of the king as well. We are told in the recounting of this factual occurrence that the king gathered his army and returned to Assyria; only to be put to death by his own sons while he knelt at the altar of one of his gods.
But the people of Judah came to a point in their life where they forgot about that glorious rescue. They ceased to be in awe of the awesome power of the living God. They did not value the mercy shown by God to them as they should have.
So they began to dabble in the practices of the surrounding heathen nations. They started believing the fables of the religions of those nations. They looked to Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, war and sex, to make their lands and wombs fertile. They sacrificed to Moloch, the abominable god who demanded child sacrifice. They wept for Tammuz and worshipped the sun as a god; all the while living in the Promised Land and carrying on the rituals of the Levitical Priesthood. They combined the abominations of heathens with the practices of the system instituted by the living God.
Needless to say, they thoroughly perverted themselves within a period of 135 years from the time that Israel/Ephraim had been deported for its own idolatry. This was the condition of Judah when Ezekiel the Prophet was called by YHWH to warn Judah of impending danger. In order for Ezekiel to see what they were doing in secret, God took him in a vision to the temple that Solomon had constructed for YHWH and which served as a house for his name. There he saw women at the northern gate weeping for Tammuz, a heathen deity, and a group of men who were supposed to be separated unto YHWH, on their knees on the eastern side of the temple; with their backs to the temple while they worshipped the sun. God told Ezekiel, "I will respond in fury."
He told the Prophet; go tell them of the sword that is coming. Announce to them that my fury is on its way. Be explicit in your message and leave no doubt as to what they are facing because of their idolatry that is worse than that of Israel; whom I divorced and scattered into the nations. But know this:
(Ezek. 33:31) And they come to you as my people come, and are seated before you as my people, hearing your words but doing them not: for deceit is in their mouth and their heart goes after profit for themselves.
There was a conflict of interest occurring within the people of Judah. Their loyalties were divided and they thought it sufficient to hear the Prophet and speak kindly to him in his face but criticize him behind his back. They spoke as if they were in agreement with the Prophet while they were before him, but their heart was governed by their greed and covetousness; so they continued to seek after strange gods because they thought it profitable for themselves. They thought they were complying with God by just hearing and agreeing with the words of the Prophet. They did not consider that their actions spoke louder than their words of agreement to the Prophet's message.
And so it came to pass that while the people played the harlot with the strange gods of the nations; YHWH sent King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to deal with them in fury; the fury that YHWH had promised them would come. They were besieged and starved. Famine and pestilence spread through out Jerusalem. Mothers and fathers ate their own children and people drank their own urine. When the siege ended in death and destruction, the Babylonians entered the city and killed at will, sacked the city and temple, and burned them; leaving only a shell of what had been the city of David and the temple of Solomon.
The people who were left alive were carried off in chains to Babylon and taunted by their captors to, "sing us a song of Zion." Their foolishness and faithlessness had been seeds that wrought a harvest of shame, pain, and removal from the Promised Land. And one has to wonder how many of the survivors remembered the words of the Prophet and realized too late what God meant when he said:
(Ezek. 33:32) And truly you are to them like a love song by one who has a very pleasing voice and is an expert player on an instrument: for they give ear to your words but do them not.
And we look at these people and wonder, "How could they not believe?" But we neglect to accurately place ourselves in their position. They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. They were working and raising families. They were building businesses and occupied in the matters of everyday life. They were busy! In fact, they were so busy that they relegated the words of the Prophet to the status of something that could make them shed crocodile tears and get all emotional just the way a song we call a "tear jerker" will do. But once they had their little "moment", they would continue on as usual. They would go back to their old habits and continue their idolatry because they did not have it in them to trust YHWH completely. They enjoyed being around the presence of YHWH while they were in the company of the Prophet, but they figured it was enough to get a "fix" that would get them through the week; sort of the way some people look at church attendance.
Can you imagine how many of them looked at their businesses and thought, "Judging by all the wealth I have, I am truly blessed. Surely; all those who are wealthy like me are also blessed. And if wealth is blessing, then I must pursue it even more." But in the recesses of their minds, they lived in constant fear of losing their "blessings." That is because they did not believe their blessings to be a gift from God; but something they had produced through their own efforts. Those efforts included their continuous sacrifices to the gods they worshipped "just to be on the safe side."
Today, we live in a world overflowing with greed, self-centeredness, and misery. The truth of God is relative to those who think that going to church is the same as "getting right" with God. In effect, they think that righteousness is achieved by a routine attendance to hear pretty songs and high-sounding words. To others, it is getting emotional and singing, dancing, or clapping their hands. What they never consider is, "How much truth do I absolutely know? How deeply does this routine require me to delve into the deep things of God? How much does it matter?"
And this is where the prophet's words sound like fingernails scraping against a chalkboard to them. The words are unwelcome because they completely disprove the status quo. They grate on the ears of those who want nothing more than to just live a comfortable life in the illusion that all is right with the world. They bring conflict to the heart of those who have their heart entirely invested in the gods of this world; the gods of gold, silver, and material affluence.
The world as we know it is in mortal danger. Its soon-coming demise has been prophesied for millennia. The truth of its passing is in the word of the Almighty and is open to "whosoever will." But the lure of all this activity that surrounds us has blinded many to the need to understand the truth. So they compromise by joining a religion or buying one. They relegate their soul to a person they call Pastor or Priest and forget that God has said in his word that there is ONE mediator between God and man; the man Yahushua the Messiah.
They refuse to understand that this is about a personal relationship that cannot be neglected if we are to overcome the world. They forget that overcoming the world is our primary objective; not making money in order to prove how blessed we are.
But there is a remnant spoken of by the prophets through whom YHWH spoke. This remnant has been the hope of YHWH all along. It is the inheritance of the Mighty One of Israel. This remnant is slated for salvation. It will return to God through the truth in His word; not through man-made religion. This remnant will despise anything that is false and cling to the only truth that can get them home safely. They understand the need to be precise in their faith and knowledge of the Son of God. They know and believe that God has said, "You cannot serve two masters." So they seek the kingdom of God and the righteousness thereof with all their heart and relegate all else to a place of secondary importance. They are not "part-time" believers using God as an excuse to justify their greed.
These are the people I seek. I want to fellowship with those who seek the deep things of God. My desire is to be one with those who love the word of our God more than they love their social standing. I want to communicate with those who live for that glorious hope offered to us by the One who cannot fail or lie.
The world is in its death throes; and birth pangs are being felt by creation. While the system of evil is agonizing, the hope of a glorious kingdom of righteousness is coming into view for those who have done more than just hear the words of the prophets. These are they to whom it is written:
(Rev. 3:10) "Because you have endured in keeping my word, I will also keep you in that hour of adversity that is coming to try everyone who lives on the face of the earth."
Let us not be quick to answer; but let us search the depths of our heart to ensure that we are not worshipping any God other than YHWH; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God of Israel!
Francisco Gomez Luna
Dvar Emet Ministry (Word of Truth)