A New Song
Updated: Jul 11
From Daniel 12:
"I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD; may your love and faithfulness always protect me." Psalm 40:10-11
It is promised in Malachi 4, that the spirit of Elijah will return in the last days to turn hearts back to God. The Lord accomplished this in Israel, through Elijah, with the pressures of judgement and with signs, wonders and healing. So will the spirit of Elijah, returning a third time. The spirit of Elijah came a second time, through John the Baptist, who cried in the wilderness, "make straight the way for the Lord!" Likewise, this will be the heartbeat and anthem of the remnant, before the return of the Lord. All those whose heart's cry is, "speak, Lord, for your servant is listening!" will "be strong and do great exploits"(Daniel 11:32).
We must heed the warnings in the parables of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22) and the Ten Virgins (Matthew 24). Not all who believe in Christ know him with the intimacy of bride and bridegroom. All are invited, but not all will be allowed to enter the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19), depending on diligence, submission, obedience, love for God and intimacy. God does not show partiality, but we do, by our affections, attention and works. Salvation is not the same thing as wedding the Lord as the bride of Christ. Though all are invited, many are "not willing to come" and "make light of it", by going their own way (Matthew 22).
I hope this will serve as confirmation for someone who needs deliverance from reservation, doubt, confusion, or fear of making righteous judgements, through the eyes that the Lord has given you. They are his eyes. We must receive his gifts, for the sake of interceding on behalf of others, and so that we will act in wisdom and truth, according to what he reveals to us, through the Holy Spirit. When God has called and trained us to administer his rulership, we must obey him and not man, or he will give our assignment to another (Acts 5:29, Matt 22:8-9).
Please take all of this before the Lord, in the secret place, and wait on him for wisdom. The Holy Spirit is the revealer of the word of God, Jesus Christ (John 16:13).
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
Just as it was in the time of Jesus, the truth is not popular. Especially not in the self-appointed "church". The royal priesthood is those who are submitted to God, and is organized by God. It is the chosen, elect of God (1 Peter 2:9, Matt. 22:14). Jesus spoke in parables for a reason. He rewards our diligence in seeking him with the revealing of himself -- of truth (Hebrews 11:6). We are not to look at a widely embraced truth as more reliable, but, according to the gospels, as questionable.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 17:13-14
The narrow path comes after the narrow gate. It's narrower than many previously thought . When the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ to us, the Word of God, a lifetime of false teaching is revealed. Let the grief of repentance take it's course, but let it be brief, and then praise the Lord for his gracious deliverance and apply his word!
But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. 1 John 2:27
I pray that you will recognize this song, in your spirit. May this river from the throne adorn your head and grace your neck. May it invite and call those who have fallen asleep. May it bring the bridegroom glory. May we take seriously his instruction. May we count the cost of oil to fill our lamps, and not delay in buying it.
Gird your loins. He comes quickly.
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life."
Matthew 25 - The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins