Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Destruction of Jerusalem (BD01)

             'Book of Daniel'

Dan 1:1-2 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
   God warned the Israelites to repent of their wickedness but they kept rejecting Him.
Jer 35:15, 17 I have also sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Turn now everyone from his evil way, amend your doings, and do not go after other gods to serve them; then you will dwell in the land which I have given you and your fathers. But you have not inclined your ear, nor obeyed Me... Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will bring on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the doom that I have pronounce against them; because I have spoken to them but they have not heard, and I have called to them but they have not answered.

Sins and Abominations of Israel
Jer 13.27 I have seen your adulteries and your lustful neighings, the lewdness of your harlotry, your abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! Will you still not be made clean?
   Since Israel refused to repent and continue in its abominable practices, the Lord told Jeremiah not to pray for them anymore but to send Jerusalem to destruction.
Jer 11:12-14 Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to whom they offer incense, but they will not save them at all in the time of their trouble. For according to the number of your cities were your gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem you have set up altars to that shameful thing, altars to burn incense to Baal. So do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry out to Me because of their trouble.

Misled by false prophets
Jer 23:14 Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; they also strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, and her inhabitants like Gomorrah.
   All these false prophets managed to annul the warnings and prophecies of Jeremiah; for itching ears desire blessings, peace, prosperity.
   Similarly, we have been hearing that God will bring great revivals and blessings to Malaysia for the last 30 years. It was also proclaimed that revival flowing from East Malaysia will take this country for Him. Instead, we see Islamisation of Sabah and Sarawak with many Christians having apostate. Our economy is spiralling downhill and the public is suffering. Where are those false prophets and prophetesses who have distracted us from the sins of the church?

Abominations of Churches
Churches are hoarding God's money in land, properties, stocks, fixed deposits, and investments thus depleting His resources to His many ministries. Churches are building their own financial empire. With such selfishness, where is unity? Covetous pastors and leaders are multimillionaires. Many churches have approved sodomy and gay marriages and with heresies rampant, it is difficult for bible believing Christians to survive.

1 Pet 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Brethren, like Daniel, we should be confessing our sins. Fast and pray that church leaders will repent and see the truth, otherwise God will use World War 3 to judge them.