I recently received a communication from someone who declared Hurricane Irma “evil” – implying it was something to war against in our spirits, something to pray against. As praying folks, and as the people of God, it’s our responsibility to represent our Lord for all He is – Maker of heaven and earth, Who created, owns and controls heaven and earth, the sea and dry land.
No one (spiritually sober) has ever attributed the flood of Noah to Satan. God in fact made it very clear:
17 And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die.
It is our God who is at work on earth in these shaking times, and the very fact that we are here as His people testifies to our responsibility to represent Him, and His word, accurately.
Haggai clearly tells us the Who, when, what, and why of the end-of-age plans of God:
“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;
7 and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.
8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.
9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
“Lord Of Hosts” is God’s warrior title: King of the Universe, Commander of the armies of heaven. That is the title by which our King is most often referred to in the eschatological books. We would do well to understand why.
We are further told in Isaiah writing (in the first-person, words from the Lord) prior to some serious trouble in ancient Israel, and also revealing an eternal characteristic of the God who does not change (so we now know who creates light and darkness, who makes peace, creates calamity, and warns us not to challenge His works):
7 I form the light and create darkness,
I make peace and create calamity;
I, the Lord, do all these things.’
8 “Rain down, you heavens, from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation,
And let righteousness spring up together.
I, the Lord, have created it.
9 “Woe to him who strives with his Maker!
Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth!
Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’?
10 Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What are you begetting?’
Or to the woman, ‘What have you brought forth?’ ”
The prophets of old who spoke smooth things (when God was doing tough things) never fared well. Search out Hananiah (in the book of Jeremiah) and see how it went for him. Temporary crowd-popularity was not worth the price of judgment. Whether it was silly religious ambition for popularity and acceptance, ignorant good-intention, or fear of man, did not matter.
All this to say, when God does on earth what He says He is going to do – we, in humility, love, meekness, and in the fear of the Lord, are accountable to never back down from presenting God as God, the soon and coming King, Who, in His mercy, is shaking this place with whatever needs to happen, so that men everywhere might choose to pray.
Let’s not try to remove His teeth. His eye is upon us, to find us faithful and accurate ministers. Soft-soaping the activity of God won’t be good for us, the ones we’re called to minister to, nor will the purposes of God be accomplished. Time’s too short for that kind of stuff.
He is coming back as the Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah, with a full set of teeth.
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