This morning I was led to read from the book of Ezekiel, who was appointed to be a watchman for the house of Israel. When his assignment came, he was given a scroll full of lamentations, mourning and woes, which doesn’t sound very pleasant. But we, the children of Israel, had worshipped the idols of the East and our leaders had acted in arrogance, even declaring that Adonai Himself couldn’t see what they did in the darkness!
So Adonai promised to bring our abominations upon us and even our silver and gold couldn’t deliver us from His judgments. It’s written that G-d allowed all this to happen SO THAT we would know Him!
While reading further in Ezekiel 9:2-4, I considered how today we are marking people “us” versus “them” over current issues. But Adonai set up a system of marking that I never considered before when He said, “Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of those who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.” The command was to slay all those who were not marked but “do not touch any man on whom is the mark.” Ezekiel 9:6
After all our complaining in the wilderness, we were actually given permission to sigh and groan, but this time to do it right and wail over all the sins of nation.
So we sigh over the sins of our leaders and our people. We groan over the division in the Body of Messiah. And in light of what’s happening in Afghanistan and other places, we weep over the saints who are being persecuted, even beheaded for their faith in Yeshua. I’m just beginning to understand Psalm 116:15 – “precious in His sight is the death of His saints.”
We seem to have reached a time where it’s essential to ask ourselves if we’re willing to surrender everything, and even die for our faith in Messiah. The Revelations 6:11 blood of the martyrs must cry out under the Throne until they’ve reached their full number.
With no more whitewashed walls to hide our sins and no more delay, Adonai, who scattered us, is regathering us in His great mercy to the Land of Israel. There He promises, “I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My Torah…then they will be My people, and I will be their G-d.
So as the birth pains progress, the glory of Adonai is rising up over Zion as many Israelis are casting off religious spirits and finding a true relationship through the brightness of the glory of our Messiah! Because of His faithfulness, Adonai is raising up His remnant. May we each be faithful to speak of the only hope this world has – Yeshua.