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25 February 2020, Late.

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There are many apostates out there and there are as many people seeking truth and seeing times of crisis. If you have been trained to be a materialist and that fails you, you are bereft.

If you follow the state religion and hate, fear, displatform and destroy those of Christ then you will find yourself. Note that if the Known enemy to Israel (Syria) did not defeat them, the new king would expunge them, and if they escape that the prophet of God will cause a revival and leave them will no excuse.

1 Kings 19:9-18

9 There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.[a] 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 15 And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. 17 And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death. 18 Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

In case you were wondering, yesterday and today have been a bit like this, and this is why it is late.

Sticking tp decent theology, there is a remnant in Israel who remained faithful to God and did not follow the spirit of the times. In the early church these people moved to follow Christ.

And the Pharisees were left blind, following precedent after precedent, moving further from the will of God.

Romans 11:1-6

11 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” 4 But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

Praise God that he chose you, and it was his doing. Do not let others burden you with guilt or shame because you offend the spirit of this age. It is better to read older devotions, or ignore the season, than read the modern inversion that turns the gospel into the praying wing of the progressive state.

Do not bow to the idols of this age. And their priests? Do not be them and do not be like them.