Jeremiah lamented over his beloved Jerusalem: “How doth the city sit solitary that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
My ‘Lamentations’ concerns ‘The Bride of Christ’
1 How hath the ‘Body of Christ’ modernised, turned away from ‘sound doctrine’ and ‘turned aside to myths’! The great mystery, the being ‘of His flesh and bones’, the hope of being ‘transformed’ to be like His glorious body has indeed lost its meaning and ‘deeds’ no longer count, ‘Let us rejoice and be happy and give the God glory! Give Him glory, because the wedding of the Lamb has come. And the Lamb’s bride has made herself ready. Fine linen was given to the bride for her to wear: for the fine linen are the righteous deeds of the saints.’ Now it’s by faith ‘alone’?
How their, the modernised body of Christ’s, pitiful wails will be heard above the yells, ‘Mountains! Fall on us’, and to the hills, ‘Cover us,’ when the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its radiance, when the stars of heaven shall be falling out and the powers in the heavens shall be shaken when they see the Son of Man ‘coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. Only those who had endured ‘to the end’ will lift up their heads; their ‘redemption’ had drawn near.
How the words of Jesus will then resonate in the ears of those who have endured, “Daughters of Jerusalem, ‘weep not for Me’, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For if they are doing these things in the case of the green tree, what will be done to that of the dry,” when they hear, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great that hath made all the nations to drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication”? For, many of their siblings had fallen prey by the hands of that ‘Woman of Babylon’, Rev 17:3-, “…I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…”
How the withering ‘saints’, will be the ones who will ‘lift up their heads’, will rejoice when they hear the ‘trust the sickle of Thee and reap’ [Rev 14:14-16], “For the hour to reap had come, for the harvest of the earth had withered.” They, the waning, will be ‘caught up’ to a meeting in the air.
2 ❤ ‘Still He Walked’: He could hear the crowds screaming “Crucify!” “Crucify!”
He could hear the hatred in their voices
These were His chosen people.
He loved them
And they were going to crucify Him?
He was beaten, bleeding and weakened
His heart was broken
But still He walked.
He could see the crowd as He came from the palace.
He knew each of the faces so well
He had created them.
He knew every smile, every laugh, and every shed tear
But now they were contorted with rage and anger
His heart broke
But still He walked.
He searched the crowd for a loving face and He saw very few
Then He turned His eyes to the only One that mattered
And He knew that He would never be alone.
He looked back at the crowd
At the people who were spitting at Him
Throwing rocks at Him and mocking Him
And He knew that because of Him
They would never be alone
So for them, He walked.
The sounds of the hammer striking the spikes echoed through the crowd
The sounds of His cries echoed even louder.
The cheers of the crowd, as His hands and feet were nailed to the cross
Intensified with each blow
Loudest of all was the still small voice
Inside His Heart that whispered “I am with you, my Son”
And God’s heart broke
He had let His Son to walk.
Jesus could have asked God to end His suffering
But instead He asked God to forgive.
Not to forgive Him, but to forgive the ones who were persecuting Him
As He hung on that cross, dying an unimaginable death
He looked out and saw, not only the faces in the crowd
But, also, the face of every person yet to be
And His heart filled with love
As His body was dying, His heart was alive
Alive with the limitless, unconditional love He feels for each of us
That is why He walked.
When I forget how much My God loves me
I remember His walk
When I wonder if I can be forgiven
I remember His walk.
When I need to be reminded of how to live like Christ
I think of His walk
And to show Him how much I love Him
I wake up each morning, turn my eyes to Him
And I walk, I walk my talk ❤.
But I, I lament for those ‘lost sheep’ @ ‘Will you be My Valentine’?
3 How has God ‘blinded’ their eyes that they should believe a lie that they all might be judged who believed ‘not the truth’, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But, we are bound to give thanks to the God always for you, my beloved siblings of the Lord for that the God chose you from of first unto salvation in sanctification of Spirit and belief in the truth: whereunto He called you through our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, siblings, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye were taught, whether by word, or by epistle of ours.
How the God became their opponent; His right hand became their ‘enemy’. Instead of taking up God’s ‘instruments of war’ the ‘helmet of salvation’ they followed ‘brand-named’ garments.
How the ‘wife-to-be’ is spoiled. Their words and their actions had made them stumble and fall. The look on their faces shows that they are sinful as Sodom, and they don’t try to hide it. They are in for trouble, and they have brought it all on themselves.
How the fiancée had become proud and strut around, winking shamelessly and call attention to the way she walks. But, alas, the day will come that she will be taken out of the ‘midst’ and the new monarch, Antichrist, will wear out the saints.
How blessed will be the intendeds who patiently endures trials; for when they had stood the test, they will gain the victor’s crown—even the crown of the Life—which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
How soon it will happen, in a moment, in the ‘twinkling of an eye’, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable and the betrotheds shall be changed; they shall be like Him, for they shall see Him as He is: ‘bones of his bones’—the Bride of Christ.
4 How the sister siblings have again been ‘deceived’. And God said, “You and this woman will hate each other; your descendants and hers will always be enemies. One of hers will strike you on the head, and you will strike Him on the heel.” However, the ‘Snake’ had struck again; they’ve made up, “Is it so that women may not teach or pray unveiled? We all know that men are not able to show compassion.” And our siblings fell for it; they have sacrificed their allotted task.
How, with John the beloved, we lament for our siblings. He writes, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they were of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out so that it might be revealed that they were not all of us. Moreover, you have received of the holy One an anointing, and you know all.” But the God works in mysterious ways his purposes to achieve. Did not Jesus say, “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel among the wheat and went his way”? Worst still. Jesus said, “Let both grow together until the harvest. And in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the darnel and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my granary. [Rev 17:16-17, ‘…and the Beast, these will hate the harlot, and will make her desolated and naked, and will eat her flesh, and will burn her up with fire…]’”
5 How I lament. Should I, like Daniel of old, set my face toward the Lord God, to seek by prayer and holy desires, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes. And pray to Jehovah my God, and make my confession and say, “O Jehovah, the great and awesome God, keeping Your promises and mercy to those who love You, and to those who keep Your commandments, we have sinned and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from Your commandments and from Your judgments. Neither have we listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to us and our fathers, and to all the people of the world. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us the shame of our faces, as it is today concerning the ‘bride’ of Your Son those who are near and who are afar off, through all the countries where the good news concerning You bringing Him back from the death He had to die; the death that Adam should have died”?
How would God even the Father answer my cry, “O Jehovah, hear; O Jehovah, forgive; O Jehovah, listen and do. Do not delay, for Your own sake, O my God; for Your Son’s ‘bride’, Your ‘adopted’ children [Eph 1:3-, ‘…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will’]”? Would He send an angel to ‘enlighten’ me saying, “I have come to explain therefore, understand the matter”? I doubt if He would for it is written, “Now we beseech you, my siblings, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you should not be soon shaken in mind or troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word or letter, as through us, as if the Day of Christ is at hand. Let not anyone deceive you by any means. For that Day shall not come unless there first comes a ‘falling away’, and the man of sin shall be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he sits as a God in the temple of the God, setting himself forth, that he is God…”
How my bewailing becomes more intense when I hear, “When the wicked one appears, Satan will pretend to work all kinds of miracles, wonders, and signs. Lost people will be fooled by his evil deeds. They could be saved, but they will refuse to love the truth and accept it. So the God will make sure that they are fooled into believing a lie. All of them will be punished, because they would rather do evil than believe the truth.” Rather remaining ‘in Adam’ than being born-again, being ‘in Christ’.
How shocked was John, the beloved, when he was told, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let anyone who is doing wrong continue to do wrong. Let anyone who is unclean continue to be unclean. Let anyone who is doing right continue to do right. Let anyone who is holy continue to be holy. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to each one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Blessed are those who do His commandments, so that their right shall be to the tree of the life, and they may enter by the gates into the city. And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. The one who desires, let him take the water of the life freely.
Now I lament for myself: By unbelief they were broken off, I stand by faith. If God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps He may not spare me either, “Oh my God I do believe: strengthen my weak faith.”