God’s Call is Repent Church
What is Behind the Hatred?
God’s call is repent church while we all wonder why the news blazes with hate daily. Trump haters scream at supporters, intimidate and sometimes attack them. We see the naked hate, but why? Many say it’s because of who Trump is. He can’t be trusted, but this was true of many presidents, so what makes Trump the object of such hatred? What is behind it?
The answer was in front of me for 2.5 years, but I discovered it in my daily bible reading.
Esau, Edom and Israel
Because Edom (Mount Seir) laughed at the death and captivity of God’s people and helped their captors, God judged Edom.
Remember Esau was the father of Edom. Jacob and Esau had problems. Though Esau received Jacob with peace when Jacob returned from their uncle Laban’s house, this passage shows us that there was still a problem.
Eze. 35:5 “Because you have had everlasting enmity and have delivered the sons of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of the punishment of the end,”
The enmity still existed against God’s people in Edom’s heart.
Ezek. 35:10 “Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two lands will be mine, and we will possess them,’ although the LORD was there, 11 therefore, as I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “I will deal with you according to your anger and according to your envy which you showed because of your hatred against them; so I will make Myself known among them when I judge you.”
Judah’s Captivity and Ours
The two nations are Israel and Judah. But “the Lord was there”. Edom chose to not follow the God Who Is. Though Israel and Judah followed imperfectly, they never shut Him out completely. He was there with His people even when He allowed their captivity, our captivity.
The Church has been a captive in Babylon for a while. The Church’s retreat into buildings and out of the public square about a century ago let the culture in the USA adrift. Believers worshipped comfort and convenience. God’s Church became apathetic and convinced of its own righteousness. The result is what we see today. The Church is the reason for our broken US culture. Time is now to leave captivity, to affect the nation’s morality. It is time to BE the Church.
Root Cause of the Anger
Verse 11 tells us what we are dealing with in the US. The anger is evident. The envy not as much. Envy is stronger than jealousy. Envy must dispossess the envied of the desired object. Think of collusion, impeach, obstruction of justice and many others. The angry tell us they have good reason for the anger. God knows better. Envy is the reason and the stronghold and we must deal with it in prayer.
There were two brothers and today two parties. One party like Edom wants to disenfranchise the other, they want to take over. They are envious of anyone who interrupts this plan because they know time is short to bring us into a one world government. They shout loud and long to convince people they have a different agenda, but they don’t.
Repent and Keep Repenting
God’s call is repent church, repent of our sin and come wholeheartedly back to the one who made us. We are guilty of cooperating with the gods of culture and our family gods. So first we need prayer and repentance led by God. Then we must stand against the strongholds of envy, Nimrod (one world government) and Jezebel (propaganda, seduction and spiritual adultery). Repentance always precedes reformation and revival.
The second group who returned to the land from Babylon did so 150 years later under Nehemiah. For 150 years these kept the faith. For 150 years they believed the words of Ezekiel 11:16 “I will be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.” No longer possessing a temple the faithful fellowshiped with God much as we do today. God’s sanctuary is always in the heart of man.
God wants more than revival in the USA, He wants a reformation that changes culture. He desires to uncover the foundations of our nation and build anew. Some forefathers built with truth, but many built with lies, hypocrisy, rationalization, murder of Native Americans, slavery and prejudice. We must repent because the world does not see the need and we bear guilt for neglecting the foundation He gave us. Then God who brought this nation forth will use His people to repair the foundations and rebuild with truth. Will you enter the warfare needed? Will you speak out to your brothers and sisters and not be silent no matter the cost? Will you stand to your call in the rebuilding? The church must cry out to the only one who can save her. Now is the time.