Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Day of the Lord -

The Minor Prophets Speak To Today



Jerusalem

No More Trading Jesus:




Zechariah 14:20-21 NLT


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20 On that day even the harness bells of the horses will be inscribed with these words: Holy to the lord. And the cooking pots in the Temple of theLord will be as sacred as the basins used beside the altar. 21 In fact, every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. All who come to worship will be free to use any of these pots to boil their sacrifices. And on that day there will no longer be traders[a] in the Temple of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
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We may not know on a practical level how 
the things listed in these verses
will look.

BUT

THIS WE KNOW:


The City of Jerusalem Will Be Unique:


You may say the Jerusalem is unique today. But why be a merchandiser of words or cantankerous. The uniqueness in the Day of the Lord will be of a measure of holy unrelated to the reality of today. Everything in Jerusalem, in that day, will be holy unto the Lord or more plainly spoken to rid the meaning of the baggage of superstition, everything in Jerusalem will be dedicated to the service of the Lord whose throne will be there and whose Holy Spirit will sanctify all things, persons or material.

The business of Jerusalem, and I do not mean in the sense of the buying and selling of merchandise of things, services, or ideas but every act and thought, will be the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ on his earthly throne.

Every person to enter the city will be there to worship him and while there their every act and purpose will be an act and thought of worship. Nothing else will be possible for the holiness of the Lord will be so pure that even those who come with a divided heart or evil thought will be caught up into worship at his unfathomable presence. So caught up that during their sojourn in the city they will be unable to think evil, do evil, or keep their heart divided. For among other things the workers of evil and their lord Satan will not be able to work on any human, creature,  or material thing in the pure holy presence of Jesus.

Now tell me again that the uniqueness of Jerusalem today can even touch on the meaning of God's words of prophecy here and repent of the evil and arrogance in your heart.

Jesus Will No Longer Be For Sale:


Those who sit and observe Christians today and then read the Gospels are often put off by the actions, words, deeds, and omissions of the organizations and people who call themselves Christians. 

The extravagant wealth of tele-evangelists, gospel teachers, and many Christian writers clearly smacks of using Jesus as a piece of merchandise. This sale of "Christian" merchandise and services is big business raking in billions of dollar a year around the globe. The journey to Jerusalem plus the programing, items and experiences for sale there are big businesses wrapped in a sense of awe and crafted emotions.

But, in the Day of the Lord, no one will make money off of Jesus. No one will get rich selling trips, and trinkets, or supposed articles of worship. In the whole earth, no imitator will be able to weigh scripture and the gospel in the balances of deceit so prevalent among the merchadisers who trade in Jesus today. No false teachers will be able to make merchandise of the souls of men as they do today. No traffickers or merchants of "Jesus" will be left unpunished. They will be removed.

Jesus Will Not Be For Sale.





Photo Credits:
Jerusalem by Irena & Libor, some rights reserved @ flickr.com

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