A teaching and prophecy
1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
With all the warnings of Judgment lately, I thought about doing a little teaching on the topic. Then the Lord woke me up early to add a prophecy to the teaching, which I will add on at the end.
If you look at the two opening quotes you will see two of the major ideas connected with God's judgments. One is that judgment begins at the house of God, and the other is about the 'redemptive purpose' of his judgments. The house of God can have various meanings but we will simply refer to it as God's People. The redemptive purpose is to save the souls of men.
So there is an important issue here. We naturally want to avert judgments because after all they consist of largely of death, destruction, famine, plague, pestilence, disease, privation, wars and other sorts of disasters. But if God has a higher purpose in all this, do we really want to avert his judgments? Would that be acting counter to God's purposes? Any judgment that is stopped before God's purpose is met, can only be a judgment delayed. What should be our response?
Now this is like any situation where we just plain don't know how to pray. We have some other options beside guesswork. They are:
c. Seek the Lord in our prayer closet.
d. Pray in the Spirit.
e. All of the above.
All of the above will work. Ultimately we should realize that a certain amount of Judgment must come. Then there needs to be a certain response from God's people that can reduce or avert further judgments. That response is repentance and worship. To see this, we will look at some examples from the bible where this happened.
Moses offered incense, David offered sacrifices, Esther petitioned the King. All of these show prayer or speak of prayer. All these instances are times when judgment was in motion or actually being carried out against God's people. And all resulted in the judgment being halted. For this discussion we are going to look at the story of Balaam.
Now this story just involves one man whose judgment was averted. Even though he was not a part of Israel, he still knew and served the Lord. The interesting part comes in when you see that Balaam is a type of God's people and the story is an allegory of the end times.
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