I decided to just read the Scriptures for awhile. I opened my Bible to Jeremiah and I began reading in the third chapter. I read the first verse and I could not read any further. It spoke to me of the great grace, mercy, and love the Lord has for us. I was very moved by it and could not read any more.
Jeremiah 3:1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? Shall not that land be greatly polluted? But thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to Me, saith the Lord.
None of us can say that we haven’t drifted from the Lord and served other gods at times. Yet God is always willing to receive the repentant heart again. Every time we have sinned, every time we have succumbed to one of the works of the flesh, we have served another god. So many times we have become a polluted land. Even so God says, “You have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to Me.”
Do you understand that once you have repented of your sins and are forgiven by the Lord that you are in a covenant relationship with Him? You have become His betrothed. He is married to you, and you are required to be faithful to Him. In spite of our unfaithfulness, though, God still says, “Return again to Me.”
The Church is the bride of Christ, and she has been very unfaithful! She is divided and has submitted to many doctrines made by man. Here is what Jesus said about the religious world of the Church: In vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men. Mark 7:7-8. Still God is saying, “Return again unto Me.” Did you notice the word “again”? Not once but many times the Church has drifted away. Yet the Lord is still saying, “Return again to Me.”
Israel of old had played the harlot with many lovers and would not return to the Lord. So God allowed Assyria to war against them and conquer them. Judah did not learn from her sister’s ways and they also played the harlot with many lovers and would not return unto the Lord. So God allowed Babylon to destroy the temple and take the people into captivity. They no longer had idols of stone and wood, but God’s people still did not learn their lesson.
Jesus Himself prophesied of the assault that would come against God’s people for their refusal to return again in Matthew 24:1-2: And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. About forty years later this prophecy was fulfilled. The Roman general Titus came against Jerusalem and destroyed the temple, not one stone was left upon another. Judaism was destroyed because they played the harlot with many lovers.
The Church is in a similar situation. There is presently a war against Christianity and the Church. We did not expect these things to happen in America. In our arrogance we thought we were God’s elite. And it is not just in America; it has become a global war. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time. Revelation 12:12.
Listen, nothing can come against the Church and this country without God allowing it. So why is He allowing it? Does He not care about His people? Yes, He cares. He cared enough to allow terrorists to take down the twin towers in New York City. The people were stirred a little and became a little more religious, but they soon drifted back into the traditional deadness of religion. What will it take to get Christians to wake up and serve the Lord only? What will it take to get them to submit to his Lordship? It will take more than the destruction of the Twin Towers!
The Church world has many gods. All of the works of the flesh are found in it, and each one is a god that Christians are serving. If God has to destroy Christianity to deliver His people, He will do it. Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Hebrew 12:26-29.
There is an answer to all the problems of the Church and of this country, and the answer is: Return again to Me. You have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to Me, saith the Lord.
Copyright © 2012 by Henry DuBose