Testing What We Hear

Haggai 2:2-3 ESV

“Speak now… and say, ‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes?’”

Let’s ask these questions today of those of us who live in America, who are followers of Jesus Christ. And, those who live in other parts of the world, you can do the same. But, America is where I live, and it is what I know.

Who among you saw God’s house, his body, in its former glory?

I am 70 years old, born the last day of 1949, so I can remember the church in America, at least a large part of it, really on fire for Jesus Christ, where the true gospel was taught, where holy living was stressed, where true evangelism was practiced, and where sensitivity to the voice of the Holy Spirit and obedience to Christ were a normal part of our everyday lives.

I can remember that we had Sunday School Classes and church services Sunday mornings, and worship services on Sunday nights, which were true worship services, where the scriptures were taught. And, we had Wednesday night Bible study and prayer meetings, and home Bible studies in various people’s homes throughout the week where we actually studied the Bible, straight from the Bible, and not from books written by mere mortals.

And, this is where we had true fellowship in the Spirit, and we cared for one another, and prayed for one another, and we encouraged one another in our walks of faith throughout the week, too, on our own.

I can remember communion services where people broke out into spontaneous singing of praise to God via the hymns, and where people wept in humility and repentance during the communion service, which was a very solemn time of prayer, of confession, and of making sure our hearts were pure before God.

I can remember church gatherings where we shared testimonies, not of our salvation “experiences,” but of our walks of faith, and of what the Lord was teaching us and how it was changing our lives. The body of Christ ministered to one another spiritually with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, and with scripture, and with testimony, and with prayer and encouragement.

And, I can remember times of true revival, too, where people were truly broken before God in true contriteness of heart and mind, and where they repented of sin, got their hearts right with God, and where it truly changed their lives from that moment forward, no looking back.

How do you see God’s house, his body, now? Is it the same?

It is totally different now. I am sure there are small congregations here and there that are still like what I grew up under. But, I am convinced, from what I have seen and heard and experienced, and from what I have read and/or viewed, that those are in the minority.

I believe the majority of America’s church, or what is called “church,” looks nothing like the early church, or even like the one I grew up under. For one, the church is the body of Christ with Christ as the head, and with the Holy Spirit as our counselor and guide. I grew up under that kind of church.

But, once the true church decided to incorporate under the US government, then it shifted to a different focus. Now it was being run like a business, and it was being marketed to the world just like any other business. And, now it was becoming worldly, for it was trying to attract the world to its gatherings.

Over time, the Holy Spirit got pushed out of most of these gatherings in favor of entertainment, the ‘big show,’ appealing to the “felt needs” of the people of the world, and for worldliness and godlessness, etc. The “church” was now just another entertainment and social venue which was just a clean-cut (mostly, though not all) version of what the world was offering.

Pastors now had to be entertainers, comedians, and clowns in order to attract large crowds of people from the world. And, the Bible had to be replaced with movies or with books written by mere mortals, some of which incorporate other gods and other religions in their teachings. And, worship services had to become huge stage productions for entertainment purposes.

And, since the “target” audience for the “church” was now the world, using worldly means and methods to attract the world, they also diluted the true gospel of our salvation to make it more palatable and acceptable to human flesh. For, they don’t want to offend anyone with the truth. They just want everyone to be “nice” and to make everyone feel good about themselves.

Again, not every congregation calling itself “the church” fits this pattern, but it does appear, at least here in America, that what I have described fits the majority. And, so God has been warning this idolatrous and adulterous church of pending judgment if she did not repent and obey him.

Haggai 2:4-5 ESV

“Yet now be strong… Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts, according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not.”

So, the Lord is encouraging his faithful ones here to not lose heart over the apparent demise of the church, overall. We are not to give up hope. But, I am not talking here about institutional Christianity. The church is not a building called “church.” It isn’t Baptist or Methodist or Presbyterian, either, or any other denomination or non-denominational organization of men.

So, even though most “churches” (or what is called “church”) right now are not able to gather in person, that is not the true demise of the church.

So, I am not suggesting that we hold out hope that the institutional church will be able to gather again one day, as though that is a victory of God. It isn’t! Not if they are operating in the flesh of man, and they are ignoring the commands of God, and not if they have turned God’s house into a marketplace and they are living in idolatry and spiritual adultery against God.

I believe God wants the doors to those “churches” permanently shut! For, he has shut those doors in order to lead his people back to him, and to the cross of Christ. He has shut those doors to bring his people out from among the ungodly so that he can nurture them in his ways, like in the days of old.

So, what the Lord is calling us to do during this time is to do the work of the Lord in rebuilding his church – his body – to what it should be, which is to be for the glory and praise of God, and which is to be a holy temple. And, we are to offer up to God spiritual sacrifices pleasing to him, which is giving him full reign in our lives to lead us to do his will for our lives (Rom. 12:1-2).

So, we need to be revived. We need to be strengthened in our walks of faith so that we can do the work God has called us to do, and so we can help in the rebuilding (spiritually) of God’s church, Christ’s body. And, we need to be sharing the true gospel of our salvation with all who will listen, too.

Haggai 2:6-7 ESV

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts.”

I believe with all my heart that God presently is judging his church here in America, and perhaps in other nations, too. And, he is also shaking nations, too. And, the purpose for all this is that his house, his body, would be for his glory, and that it would no longer be a house of prostitution where his people are “making nice” with the world and with worldliness, and with big business, and with the government, too.

For, I believe that through this judgment God intends to revive his adulterous and his idolatrous people who have turned his church into a marketplace, and who have become unequally yoked together with the ungodly. And, he wants to bring them back to him as their only God, and he wants to return them to being “the church,” the body of Christ, with Christ as the head, and not be what is falsely called “church” these days.

But, not every “shaking” is with physical weapons of warfare such as with guns and bombs, etc. God allows us to go through spiritual warfare, too, to test our faith, and to bring us back to him in full surrender. And, although Satan is our primary enemy who is coming against us, Satan has many people serving him, as well, who are coming against us, too, in many different ways. We need to be alert to those ways, too.

So, I am going to share a couple of articles with you and one video (1-3) for your discretion, and for your spiritual discernment. These are not from Christians necessarily or from a Christian perspective, but they are from people who are thinkers, one of which I know is an investigative journalist, who are examining what is being presented to them, and they are questioning whether or not it is truth or a lie.

I believe their findings have much credence logically, and that they have the potential of fitting with Bible prophecy, too. So, I am just going to ask that you prayerfully consider what these people are presenting, meaning that you inquire of the Lord if it may be true. For, I believe many people are being deceived and that they have the potential to fall into a trap of the enemy if they are not wise, and if they are not seeking the counsel of God.

Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer

Lyrics by Margaret Becker
Music by Keith Getty

“Jesus draw me ever nearer
As I labour through the storm.
You have called me to this passage,
and I’ll follow, though I’m worn…

May this journey bring a blessing,
May I rise on wings of faith;
And at the end of my heart’s testing,
With Your likeness let me wake.

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(1) https://www.globalresearch.ca/planetary-hysteria-manufactured-covid-19-health-crisis-pushes-humanity-global-society-total-shutdown/5707607

(2) https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/04/06/the-covid-illusion-and-the-currency-reset/

(3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvLx17NNlu0

25 thoughts on “Testing What We Hear

      • I would say probably overall, but I can’t say I agree with him on all points. I would have to listen to him again to say specifically what I agreed with, but generally, yes.

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      • Lydia, let’s put it this way. I can’t guarantee the truth of any of what is being said, either in this video, or in these articles. And, I am not saying that I agree with everything that they say.

        But, much of what is being said in the video and in these articles rings true, both to what the Lord has been revealing to me these past 15 years with regard to the fulfillment of biblical prophecy in our day and time, and with regard to the teachings of scripture, too, regarding the last days before the return of Christ.

        So, I am not vouching for everything said in the video or for everything said in these two articles, but overall I believe they have a good handle on what is going on in the world and in this present situation we are now facing. And, that is why I am sharing them, because I believe there is truth in what they are saying that is important that we, as followers of Jesus, understand.

        But, this has to be a matter for each individual to inquire of the Lord and to seek truth and understanding, for my understanding is certainly not perfect, although I do strongly believe that all this is orchestrated and for evil purposes.

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      • Lydia, the jury is still out for me on the conspiracy theory regarding the Coronavirus itself. I believe it’s real, but it seems obvious to me that the powers that be are using it to further their agenda. I don’t know if you listened to the video in my post, “Daniel 12:10 – The Wise Shall Understand”, but if not you might check it out. I know the author of the video and it’s legit and he offers proof of what he’s saying, not just speculation. I think you’ll find it very relevant and eye opening. Dee ❤

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      • Dee, Thank you! My husband and I listened to your video this morning, and we went to that site he recommended. As we have the time we will look into it at more depth. The important thing here, I believe, is that we test everything we hear in prayer, inquiring of God, and that we don’t just automatically reject something just because it doesn’t jive with the story coming from the government and media. For, deception abounds. So, this is a time when we all need much spiritual discernment. We need to be asking God what is going on and how we are to perceive the events around us. But, it also needs to agree with scripture, although scripture is not going to detail for us all of these current events. But, scripture will outline for us the results that will take place and their purpose, too. So, be wise, be discerning, listen to the Lord, and don’t believe everything you hear. Test it all.

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      • Thanks Sue, I appreciate that. Believe me, I’m not one who believes everything I hear. And in fact, I typically pass over articles and opinion pieces and am mostly reading only those things that are relevant. Since I know and trust John Haller, and see that he has the evidence to backup what he says, I am willing to share his video.

        I am definitely praying and searching the scriptures. I’m not a conspiracy theorist and I’m not willing to say that this virus isn’t just what it appears to be. But I don’t dismiss for a moment that those who might benefit may be using it for their own means. We shouldn’t be surprised by this, because we know from the scriptures that these things will be happening in the last days. And John gives compelling evidence in his video that some are doing just that.

        Either way, God is in control and things will roll out the way He has determined from the beginning. My plan is to stick close to Him and only accept as reality what He shows me to be reality. And only do what He shows me to do. You’re right, deception abounds these days just as it was written. But those who keep their eyes and hearts on God, will not be of the deceived. I fear for those who don’t.

        God bless!

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      • Dee, that’s what there needs to be more of. Proof to back up the person’s point, not just speculation.
        Overall, I think that guy knows what he’s talking about, but then again, it was a lot for me to chew on! Thanks for sharing it.

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  1. I did not listen to the video but your well-written thought out and informative blog gets Amen. Amen. Amen. I am thankful that my husband is a minister of a small congregation that follows the Word of God without adding or subtracting from scripture. He boldly preaches the truth to save souls not to sooth peoples “feelings” so they feel good. Great read.

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    • Tangie, no requirements on reading the external articles or for watching the video. Again, they are not Christian resources, but I am sharing them, for I believe these people are ones who examine what they hear to see if it is true or not, and I believe they have some worthwhile thoughts to share on our current situation.

      Regarding the blog entry, all glory goes to God! So, thank you so much for your thoughtful, kind and encouraging remarks.

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  2. 2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
    — Deuteronomy 4:2 (KJV) http://blb.org/kjv/deu/4/2/

    31 You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods. 32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.
    — Deuteronomy 12:31-32 (NIV) http://blb.org/niv/deu/12/31/

    18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
    — Revelation 22:18-19 (NIV) http://blb.org/niv/rev/22/18/

    5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
    — Proverbs 30:5-6 (NIV) http://blb.org/niv/pro/30/5/

    29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
    — Matthew 22:29 (NIV) http://blb.org/niv/mat/22/29/

    13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
    — Mark 7:13 (KJV) http://blb.org/kjv/mar/7/13/

    24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
    — Matthew 24:24 (KJV) http://blb.org/kjv/mat/24/24/

    1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.
    — Genesis 3:1-4 (NIV) http://blb.org/niv/gen/3/1/

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