A Flying Scroll
2 “What do you see?” the angel asked.
“I see a flying scroll,” I replied. “It appears to be about 30 feet long and 15 feet wide.”
3 Then he said to me, “This scroll contains the curse that is going out over the entire land. One side of the scroll says that those who steal will be banished from the land; the other side says that those who swear falsely will be banished from the land.
4 And this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: I am sending this curse into the house of every thief and into the house of everyone who swears falsely using my name. And my curse will remain in that house and completely destroy it—even its timbers and stones.”
Not that it matters, but ATHIESTS are missing from this list. Athiests are not under this specific curse. BUT THERE IS A REASON THEY ARE NOT ON THIS LIST. This curse is on people who call themselves the Children of God.
Don't you sometimes wish that God was not the same yesterday, today, and forever.
A curse will remain in the house of every Christian who steals until that house is completely destroyed.
God considers many things stealing which we don't: many uses of interest, some of the ways people use the stock market, not providing employees or workers a living wage, withholding charity from those in need regardless of your reasons for withholding that aid, economic rape of other countries, economic oppression of the poor in other countries for profit ...
Meditate on stealing, on the passages about taking, passages about injustice. God will show you other uncomfortable ways we participate in stealing. Ways we are bringing destruction on our nation and upon our own homes and houses.
A curse will remain in the house of every Christian who swears falsely using my name until that house is completely destroyed.
Remember, "I didn't mean to" does not change the fact that we have sworn falsely. White lies, cultural expectations, compassionate responses, misleading statements, and many other seemingly innocent words can become swearing falsely. Of course the same is true of judgmental words and attitudes, legalistic teachings, half-truths and many other spoken words. In the context of worship, fellowship, and church business meetings these words are even more likely to be the equivalent of swearing falsely and representing them to be sanctioned by God's name. I shudder to think of the things we say and claim them to be from the Holy Spirit.
A curse lives in the churches, homes, and nations where these words are given. No wonder the Bible warns us many times to watch our words and watch out for the negative power of the tongue.