Who will cry for the mercy of the Most High, and to whom will He send His servants? For those who are satisfied with dung have no desire for what is wholesome; they have hardened their faces against the Lord’s Anointed, even against He who desires to heal their festering wound.
Is there even one named among the people who walks uprightly? Is there even one found in the public square who has not sought Godliness as a means of ungodly gain? But they all have turned aside their ears to those who publish their own heart’s desire, to those who prophesy falsely of a peace which they shall not possess in their iniquity. Their eyes are lustful to behold the vanity of idols who give them blasphemous visions. The Lord would indeed give a living word to the one hearing, and He would indeed give a vision of His glory to the one seeing; if only they would follow the voice of the Faithful and True Shepherd, and desire to behold the glory of HIS form. But the people have sworn by shepherds of their own making, by the names of men in whom is reserved no power to deliver their souls from evil.
They ask, “How have we so sworn by them?”
O, people full of idolatry! You have sworn by them with your every deed! Your feet have followed their every step, your hands have reproduced their every work, and your mouth has echoed their every word which was laden with hypocrisy. Has not your heart gone after them, even as a bride who disgraces her own body with another lover? The promise of this world is perishing; yet you are trading your reward for the kisses of Delilah, even forsaking the everlasting covenant for an earthly kingdom which shall be swallowed up by the kingdom of the Lord of Hosts. The pillars of the temple of her gods will surely fall; but before the end, will you become the Lord’s vessel for an honorable use, or remain in disgrace for dishonor? For His kingdom is as a great stone which will cover all the earth; “And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but upon whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
The broken will inherit the kingdom, but the insolent will be cut off.
As for you, you who have in vain called yourselves by the Name of the Lord; whose desired pearl is this present world and all the things therein: you have truly set your hope upon the shifting sands of the serpent’s lair. You have rendered unto Caesar that which is God’s, and unto God that which is Caesar’s. The tares have been sown, yet none take it to heart. The wicked dwell among the righteous, yet hardly one seeks true wisdom. For who can discern the matter except one who walks by the Spirit? But mere men have become your guides, and you have not discerned the bitter fruit of their ways which followed after them, denying that the Lord should even cleanse His own house! Therefore He pours out abominable filth upon you, having become seared in conscience beyond the measure of other men. And while you are not found blushing for all of your whoredoms, now those whom you call sinners – whom your own abominations have justified – these ones marvel at your desolate soul. Yet for every warning of the righteous, and for every light that has been shone in your midst, still you would not turn back to walk humbly in righteousness and seek justice for the oppressed within your own reach; for there is no fear of God before your eyes.
Do you rail against the sinner on the highway, or accuse the one under bondage in the byway? Yet your own hands have worked this far greater evil, causing you to suffer an even greater bondage since you have despised those who go about in your very midst groaning for mercy without words. It is enough that the reprobate despises the Lord for the holiness of His presence; but now the Lord hides Himself when you gather, and the name of Christ is mocked because of your bankrupt spirit. For what few works you have offered are not from the loving obedience of faith in a pure conscience before God; but rather from the fearing of man. And yet you still proclaim that your soul prospers and magnifies the Lord? This comes not from above; but from below. For the proud and the self-exalting will be brought low, but those who humble themselves with He who emptied Himself will be lifted up in Him.
Therefore let the one holding on to this present world weep and howl for the hardships coming quickly upon them! For there is a day appointed to test every man’s work; and shall any fruit of your bloody hands be proven through fire on the Day of the Lord? Your once-thirsty souls have gladly settled for the draw of broken cisterns, and your belly is bewitched with the flow of poisoned wells! Your proud willingness to drink from such fountains leaves you with nothing but woes upon woes from the council of heaven!
The hearing ear heeds the cry of the watchmen, and the seeing eye lays every matter to heart; but the mirth of the deaf and the blindness of the deceived makes them stumble arrogantly even in the noonday of the word of the Lord. The one will glory at His coming; but the other will be consumed in wrath.
“Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against HIM.”
With the anguish of the days of Noah and the jealous fury of the coming judgement, the Almighty God says of the stubborn, “They have become altogether unprofitable.”
And though He has declared this word with the weeping of Gethsemane and in the suffering of Christ Jesus at our own bloody hands; yet who will turn and repent? Who has accepted the verdict for their ungodliness from the Judge of all the earth, that He might have compassion for the contrite in spirit, and mercy upon the humbled soul? For the He has laid upon Jesus the iniquity of us all; but whoever does not believe in Him is condemned already. For who truly believes in Him, except the one who abides? And who abides in Him, except those bearing their own cross, having been regenerated by the Spirit of holiness which works in them to will and to do according to His good pleasure?
O, that the ear of the Lord would be inclined to the sweet sound of repentance! O, that the proud would find weariness and heed the call of His Rest! For there is mercy even in this late hour! Truly He will heal the deaf and restore sight to the blind, if only they desire to hear and see HIM! So let the one who hungers and thirsts for righteousness draw near; for a feast of His life is set before all who would partake of it! His compassions are new every morning, and His faithfulness is very great; so let every man test and examine his ways, and let each return to the Lord.
“Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so, AMEN.”