By Ozzie Harris
Blogger at A Voice In the Wilderness
Editor’s Note: I read A Voice In The Wilderness blog regularly. This blog post tugged at my heart. Ozzie and I both have a heart for waking up the church. Waking up congregations and pastors to get back to their spiritual roots, like our first church in Acts 2:42-47. I believe every church goer out there should read his post.
Hear what the spirit of the Lord is saying, not only to those who misguided the sheep, but to the sheep as well.
The prophets1 have put forth the call to repent, but you have ignored that call, and instead, induced fear in my people.
You have taken away their hope.
Most will not receive this, but some will.
“To the messenger of the church in Laodicea, write: The amen, the witness who is faithful and true, the source of God’s creation, says: I know what you have done, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. But since you are lukewarm and not hot or cold, I’m going to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I’m rich. I’m wealthy. I don’t need anything.’ Yet, you do not realize that you are miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you: Buy gold purified in fire from me so that you may be rich. Buy white clothes from me. Wear them so that you may keep your shameful, naked body from showing. Buy ointment to put on your eyes so that you may see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. Take this seriously, and change the way you think and act. Look, I’m standing at the door and knocking. If anyone listens to my voice and opens the door, I’ll come in and we’ll eat together. I will allow everyone who wins the victory to sit with me on my throne, as I have won the victory and have sat down with my Father on his throne. Let the person who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:14-22 GW)
The call for repentance has gone forth and you have ignored it.
The cry for hearts to turn to me has gone forth and you have rejected it.
I have sent my prophets and you have mocked them.
I have sent my warnings upon this nation, do not put your hope in the idea that there will be more.
I do not recommend you ignore those warnings.
The time of my return for those who are awaiting me is now within minutes in my time frame. Will you ignore that too?
I sent you as shepherds to lead and guide the flock, but you have failed. You have not only failed but you have robbed my sheep, and left them as fodder for the wolves. They wander around with no hope and direction. And even though I have told you that you are not in the darkness that this day should creep upon you, that is exactly what is happening to them.
Read Matthew 25. Do not ignore this warning! Although everyone in this parable was invited to the same wedding half were not ready. The oil is not the Holy Spirit for you cannot buy a free gift, therefore the oil is passion and desire, and none of you have that.
The shepherds are foolish. They don’t look to the LORD for help. That is why they won’t succeed, and all their flocks will be scattered. (Jeremiah 10:21 GW)
You think you are a success if you have fame and fortune, but I tell you that the first shall be last, and there will be a payment to be made for the damage you have done to my flock.
Many shepherds have destroyed My vineyard; they have trampled My portion under foot; they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. (Jeremiah 12:10 LITV)
You love to call this time that is coming the Great Tribulation, and it is, but it is also a time of wrath. If you have played the fool with MY people then you will be included in that wrath.
You can stand there in an attempt to rebuke me, I anticipated that, for that is what Pharisees do, but what in your foolish mind makes you think that you will escape the wrath of God.
Woe to shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture, says Jehovah. Because of this, so says Jehovah the God of Israel against the shepherds who shepherd My people: You have scattered My flock, and have driven them away, and have not visited them. Behold, I will visit on you the evil of your doings, says Jehovah. Jeremiah 23:1-2 LITV)
Shepherds, you should be leading the sheep. Start crying, you great leaders! Roll around on the ground in pain, you leaders of the sheep. It is now time for your slaughter. You will be scattered everywhere, like pieces flying from a broken jar. (Jeremiah 25:34 ERV)
There will be no place for the shepherds to hide. They will not escape.
(Jeremiah 25:35 ERV)
We were designed for hope, it is the reason we are here.
You shepherds that chose not to attend the flock, have robbed them of hope. You have chosen to preach what people want to hear, and not what I have spoken to you.
“..,the eye of the Lord is on those in whose hearts is the fear of him, on those whose hope is in his mercy;“ (Psalms 33:18 BBE)
Be strong and brave, all of you who are waiting for the LORD’S help.
(Psalms 31:24 ERV)
Hope is the main motivation that drives my people toward the end. Hope is the backbone of faith, based in faith, and the reason that we look toward a promised end and rescue from destruction.
As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:37 AMP)
You have not been bold enough to understand this statement, so I will declare it to you. Evil thoughts and violence filled the heart of everyman, except one, NOAH. I placed him in the Ark, and I closed the door. Then destruction came. In other words, tribulation, coming from people, was all around him, just as is it today.
You have eliminated the talks of hope because you do not believe my words. Did you think that I would not notice such an act of treason. In eliminating hope, you have proven your lack of faith, and shown your distrust of my word, my life, and my resurrection.
You have robbed my people of hope by your unbelief.
Do you not understand that HOPE was and is an integral aspect of your beliefs.
I promised and then guaranteed that hope with my body as the payment, when it should have been your body on that cross.
Do you not understand that the riches of heaven are only yours because of the fulfillment of hope.
Paul challenged the Sanhedrin based on a solid understanding of this hope.
But Paul, when he perceived that one part of them were Sadducees and the other part Pharisees, cried out to the council (Sanhedrin), Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; it is with regard to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am indicted and being judged. (Acts 23:6 AMP)
While you have refused to establish hope in people, Paul was willing to be chained because he grasped the promise of hope based in Jesus.
This is the reason therefore why I have begged to see you and to talk with you, since it is because of the Hope of Israel (the Messiah) that I am bound with this chain. (Acts 28:20 AMP)
Abraham – One of the main reasons we are here, had hope.
There was no hope that Abraham would have children, but Abraham believed God and continued to hope. And that is why he became the father of many nations. As God told him, “You will have many descendants.” (Romans 4:18 ERV)
Your deficient decision for Jesus Christ, demonstrating your lack of faith, has caused my Church to not know who I am.
Through our faith, Christ has brought us into that blessing of God’s grace that we now enjoy. And we are very happy because of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory. (Romans 5:2 ERV)
Several translations put it this way: “this grace in which we stand,”, Without hope none of them will stand.
And what is it that they might have need to stand in?
Faith in adversity?; Faith in my name?; The application of my Word and Name in bringing life to others.
No, you have not taught them that.
They cower and cringe in fear, and if not cowering, they think that they are god’s. Where would they get that idea? Because instead of preaching hope and faith, you preach a message of lust and idolatry.
You created a monster that will be your destruction.
You only have one option, and that is to repent.
Time is short and my patience with you has grown thin. The last days are upon us, and you need to clear your hearts and minds now. You need to restore the broken and lost to health. Ignore this and I will not ignore your wrongs. The Assyrians are upon you already and you do not even know it. They will show you no mercy, and they will dash your children upon stones, before your feet.
Repent in humility and weeping, and I will restore you. Turn from me and I will throw you to the winds. If you are so minded, share this with the pastor of your choice. Share this with the sheep of your choice. I do not wish to see you miss out on the in-gathering of the church to himself, but lacking zealous passion you may. You will deeply regret that as it will be hell for those still here.
Open your bibles and read the second chapter of Joel. Peter stood on the day of Pentecost and declared that Joel’s prophecy was fulfilled in their hearing. God opened the door that day to the amazing. Should you choose to turn to him, he will turn to you. Open your mouth and determine, as watchmen upon the wall that this destruction is not happening on your watch. Declare, in the Name of Jesus Christ, the risen one, that there will be peace and safety everywhere your foot stands. Declare sanity over this nation while you are upon it.
Grow a backbone and act like the man and woman of God you were designed to be. Son’s of Adam, and Daughter’s of Eve, I am calling you out. You know who you are. You have heard the calling in your ears for some time now.
What is holding you back? Fear?
Fear is of the devil and does nothing more than incapacitate you. Do something. Shout, scream, cry out, repent over a broken nation. Still the enemy and the avenger. Have the guts to do something.
You do not have the time or the luxury to be silent.
Hold your tongues and I will hold you responsible. Their blood will be upon your head. (Find it scripture.)
Cease to be lethargic and uncaring. Awaken to righteousness.
Be a fire that will not go out.
Cause a few people to regret the fact that you walked into the room, and make a few glad that you did.
Men and women of God should be the last thing on earth that the unbelieving would ever want to mess with, and first person that they call.
Walk this earth as the prophets walked. BE BOLD, and show the world what the power of God is all about.
DEAR GOD, IT’S TIME.
To read more of Ozzie’s inspired blog posts visit his blog at A Voice In the Wilderness.