I was reading Joel 2 -3 this morning during my devotional time. As I was considering it, I was taken by Chapter 2 “Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand–a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like a dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come.”
Matthew Henry tells us “The priests were to alarm the people with the near approach of the Divine judgments. It is the work of ministers to warn of the fatal consequences of sin, and to reveal the wrath from heaven against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. The striking description which follows, shows what would attend the devastations of locusts, but may also describe the effects from the ravaging of the land by the Chaldeans. If the alarm of temporal judgments is given to offending nations, how much more should sinners be warned to seek deliverance from the wrath to come! Our business therefore on earth must especially be, to secure an interest in our Lord Jesus Christ; and we should seek to be weaned from objects which will soon be torn from all who now make idols of them. There must be outward expressions of sorrow and shame, fasting, weeping, and mourning; tears for trouble must be turned into tears for the sin that caused it.”
Why is it so many in our churches of today and those outside do not see the coming of the
wrath of God? Have the scales of sin covered our eyes in such a way we are able even to get a glimpse of Christ and the Holy Spirit?
Have we as pastors/ministers/teachers become blinded as well? Do we feel we must keep the people on a diet of “scriptural deserts” instead of the “meat of the Word?”
It is time we step out and acknowledge it is high time to sound the alarm. The return of a Savior for those totally sold out to Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
When he returns will we be able to stand and say “I have done my best to deliver Your Word and follow the Holy Spirit?”
In Joel 2:15Joel 2:15
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
WP-Bible plugin it is repeated “Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the temple porch and the altar. Let them say, “spare your people, O Lord. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ “
Our churches no longer call a fast. There is laughing, joking and making a mockery of the alter/pulpit areas of our Synagogues. I am so distressed when those who are coming to minister are picking at each other or constantly joking about a lack of professionalism and dedication to ministry through song and word.
Even testimonies have become a mockery. When people get up to tell of the goodness of God, then someone else has to ‘one-up’ the person who previously spoke.
In our churches, we need to return to placing holiness back into the church. The ‘synagogue’ of today is a closed culture which is infiltrated by ‘clicks’ of division.
We must return and sound the alarm that the King is coming. The time is so near of His return for those who have dedicated their lives to His service. We must replace jocularity in the alters with humble, prayerful ministry to those we have been given to feed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jocularity only disperses the Holy Spirit and considering what the Word says and Kathryn Kuhlman would say “Don’t grieve my Holy Spirit”.
Kathryn Kuhlman was deemed a ‘lunatic’ by many in the mainstream medias. She was used powerfully by God and knew how to please Him. She is the author of “I Believe in Miracles and “God Can Do It Again“.
When the Spirit of God is moving amongst our congregants we must consider changing our format, forget the announcements, comments which do not magnify the Power of God. I love how Ms. Kuhlman would demand total silence at times in her services.
So many times I has wished to say “Shut-up and let God have His way!” We don’t need those vocal few who are always showing their ‘spirituality’ by talking all the way through a message or service. We know you’re there. Now let’s be silent in the presence of God Almighty.
“Blow the Trumpet in Zion!” That’s what we must do. We must bring our congregations under subjection, teach them holiness, and what to do when the Spirit moves in our midst.