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Prophetic Purpose

Prophets

“See, I have this day set thee
over the nations and over the kingdoms,
to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy,
and to throw down, to build, and to plant
Jeremiah 1:10

The people of God become weary with the words of His prophets. They perceive the negativity and the sharp words as antagonistic. The desire for only encouraging and comfortable words is human nature. The thinking is that the world, the trials, the heartache and troubles of this life are more than enough for us to bear. This would be fine if God had no other purpose in His house than to bless us and comfort us in our situations. But God has a purpose and He sent His Son to bring about the thing He has purposed. God is intent upon His end and He sends His word to bring it to pass. God is a wise builder He is not going to patch up an old thing (see the parable of the wine skin). He must make everything new. It is the New Wine-skin which receives the new wine. He is not going to pour out Himself (the New Wine) into the Old. While men cling to their sins, former ways and institutions God withholds Himself; and He, as a loving Father suffers while He withholds. Joseph had to keep himself hidden from his brothers until there was a change of heart. At one point he had to leave the room as the desire to embrace them had to be restrained because of the hardness of their hearts.

The words of true prophets are not harsh for the sake of being harsh; they speak words necessary for God to finish His work. God cannot build until He tears down. He cannot plant until He roots up the evil and self-seeking ways of men. He cannot and will not sully His ways with the methods of men; the overlooking of sin to populate their churches and accomplish their agendas. He must tear down the lofty pursuits of those who seek the preeminence in His house.

God’s end is to prosper, bless and reveal Himself to His own. He never wavers in His faithfulness to us. It is we who need to change. It is we who need to give heed to His word and His purposes in this day. God is Holy and as such He requires us to be holy, pure and set apart as purchased possessions. It is the joy of the Lord we pursue not our own. His joy becomes our strength to do the things which please Him.

“Therefore, have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me” Hosea 6:5

The hard words and God’s judgements were as “light” going forth. righteousness is the result of light. It is a light which proceeds from God to give light unto His people concerning their ways and their condition. He desires mercy, not religious sacrifices. He desires that His people know Him rather than all the programs, religious prayer meetings and traditions of men. His people become content with tepid offerings of lukewarm hearts. They become satisfied with elaborate events and magnificent buildings even though Jesus said there would not be left one stone upon another when He is finished! The true building of God is made up of living stones built together as a holy habitation wherein He alone has the preeminence; One Lord, One faith and One body. It is to this end His prophets speak, weep and anguish over the blindness and stubbornness of the day.

“We are not diplomats but prophets,
and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum”
A.W. Tozer

Brian Troxel
http://www.aword.info

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WHOSE HOUSE WE ARE

“And Solomon beginneth to build the house of Jehovah,
in Jerusalem, in the mount of Moriah, where He appeared to David his father,
in the place that David had prepared,
in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite”
II CHRONICLES 3:1

In the Old Testament His House (singular) that Solomon built was of wood and stone and was embellished with the gold, silver, precious stones and the fair colors of His Wisdom. It was built with great care under the direction and guidance of the Lord Himself. The foundation was laid using the Sacred Cubit (see writing) and it had to be built in the place of God’s choosing. Mount Moriah was the place of God’s choice. It is here hundreds of years earlier that Abraham went up to offer his only son, here that we see the great revelation of Jehovah-Jireh and the prophetic revelation of a Lamb that would be PROVIDED thousands of years later. It is here that the Lord appeared to David at the threshing floor. This place speaks of sacrifice, revelation and threshing. It is here that we begin to understand that these are the necessary works of God prevenient to the actual building up of His House.

In the New Testament the glorious truth is that His House is no longer made from wood, brick and stone; it has now become a living temple not made with the hands and energies of men.

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,
by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands…”
HEBREWS 9:11

This living Temple is built upon the Lamb (provided by Jehovah-Jireh), a place of the revelation of God Himself where the heart has been threshed in His judgments. This is the place God chooses to raise an altar unto Himself. This is where the sacrifices of a broken and contrite heart arise unto Him in the wonder of worship in and by the Holy Spirit. While men still attempt to erect buildings and temples unto Him, He has set His Corner-stone in the earth and UPON THIS ROCK HE IS BUILDING HIS HOUSE! How good and right are His ways, how deep and glorious His Wisdom! As the Word declares in the “ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus”. It will take eternity to appreciate the riches of His Grace to us in Christ Jesus.

His purpose is for the Church (ἐκκλησία) to show the wisdom of God unto principalities and powers in heavenly places. May God open our eyes to see the heights to which we have been called!

“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers
in heavenly places might be known by * (through) the church
the manifold wisdom of God”

How can we settle for something that is operated like any worldly corporation when we can look into His Word and see the wonder of the early church operating in the wisdom and glory of God? His Church is to be such that the very angels in heaven seek to understand this Salvation that is being revealed in and through the weakness of men.

“Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves,
but unto us they did minister the things,
which are now reported unto you by them
that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost
sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”
I Peter 1:12

Let us lift up our eyes to see afresh the Glory unto which we have been called. HE has paid the price and HE has revealed HIMSELF in the person of the Son! Let us see that WE are the living church of God, HIS BODY that cannot be divided or called by any name other than HIS. The true bride of Christ can only carry HIS Name and she will not receive any other (Revelation 3:12, 2:17).

Ω

“The chief danger of the Church today
is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world,
instead of turning the world upside down.
Our Master expects us to accomplish results,
even if they bring opposition and conflict.
Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis.
God, give to us an intense cry
for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!”
A B Simpson

*by the church—“by means of,” or “through the Church,” which is the “theater” for the display of God’s manifold wisdom (Luke 15:10; 1 Corinthians 4:9): “a spectacle (Greek, ‘theater’) to angels.”
JFB Commentary of the whole Bible

Brian Troxel

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