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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Work of Restoration, #28
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words. (Jeremiah 19:15)
It is worthy of notice that Jeremiah was God's spokesman during the days just before the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. First comes the word of judgment; and then, destruction. So it is today.
A wall of separation must be created now in order to divide between what is of the Lord Jesus and what is not of the Lord Jesus. The Lord has dropped a plumb line in our time. Who of the Lord's spokesmen will place that plumb line alongside the household of God (Amos 7:8)?
In the spirit realm, the plumb line has been dropped in the churches. As soon as the churches have been judged for their conduct the plumb line will be dropped in the world (I Peter 4:17; Revelation 11:1).
Until a wall of judgment, of separation, has been erected between the Church of Christ and the world, it is impossible for Christ to return. To what would He return? To sin and rebellion practiced in the churches? Would He then not be required to destroy the churches He has purchased with His own blood?
Will God condone sin in His own people? Is this what the Scriptures teach us? Or will "Jerusalem" receive double punishment for her sins (Isaiah 40:2)?
Christ has come today as the harvest rain, as judgment in the household of God. He is "like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap." His intention is to "sit as a refiner and purifier of silver" (Malachi 3:1-4).
Silver in the Scriptures typifies redemption. We have been redeemed. Now the Lord Jesus has come to us in order to purify that silver so we will not be destroyed in the Day of the Lord (I Corinthians 11:32).
When we have been purified by the Lord's fire we then will be able to "offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness."
As soon as God's people have been judged, a separation between good and evil having taken place in their midst, God will construct a wall between the Church and the world. When the wall has been established the Lord Jesus can return, crush all resistance to His will, and set up His Kingdom on the earth.
But His return cannot take place until His Church has been purified, or else His Church would be destroyed by the glorious brightness of His appearing. What if He returned right now? Are you ready? Have you confessed your sins or are you harboring malice and uncleanness in your heart? Is there someone you have not forgiven?
Would He find you prepared or unprepared today? Would He be moved to say to you, "Well done, good and faithful servant"? Or would He find you to be a follower of the god of this world?
Now is the time for all of us of His Church to repent and perform again our first works of wholehearted love and dedication to the Lord Jesus.
When the wall of separation has been created between the world and the Church it will be clear who is a Christian and who is not a Christian. In this manner the way of the Lord will be made straight and He can return in glory.
God's overcomers are being created as an honor guard that will protect all the work that God has done, is doing, and yet will do in the earth. Sin will be judged and destroyed out of the earth by the sons of God. Righteousness will be established and maintained in the earth by the sons of God.
To be continued.