THE RAGE OF GOD'S DISPLEASURE WITH SIN
By Walt Giddings
October 25, 2020
Greetings Kindred and Fellow Sheep. We are on a First Name Basis here. My name is Walter. In the Roman Gregorian calendar Year of Our Lord, [Anno Domini in the Latin], Two thousand twenty, the greater number of State Governors declared Panic-demic Emergencies. They issued Emergency Orders forbidding Churchianity from assembling.
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
“Hide thyself ... until the indignation be overpast.” What is “The Indignation?” In Greenville, Mississippi, the police interdicted an assembly of cars on a meetinghouse parking lot on “Palm Sunday” telling pastor and people the Governor’s Emergency Order cancels Constitutional Rights. They issued citations subjecting them to a potential fine of $500.00. The Governor of the State of Maryland issued a Proclamation declaring the Easter Bunny!! an Essential Industry! Is there any second witness to God decreeing His People to hide themselves? Do we have second witness to the end time Prophet Isaiah?
Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger.
“It may be ye shall be hid.” Is the endtime prophet Zephaniah preaching a sensible sermon? What is the meaning of the name Zephaniah? “Jah has hidden.” Will there be people who do not qualify to be hidden in the day of the LORD’s Anger?
What can we do to qualify as one of God’s Hidden Ones? What is our small part while The Great I Am does His Big Part? How do we know we are among the “meek of the earth?” Is it because we do the Lord’s Judgment? If we do man’s judgment instead of the LORD’s Judgment do we disqualify ourselves from among the “meek of the earth?” Should we seek His Righteousness, not ours? Should we remember we are Sheep and seek meekness? Are we among God’s Hidden Ones? Will His Indignation over pass us? If God’s People, the Sheep under the Protection of The Great Shepherd, have God’s Indignation pass over His Flock, is that the Passover? Did the Hebrews, Israel in Egypt, have the firstborn live, while the Egyptian firstborn died? Are there latter day passovers? Do the Endtime Prophets prophesy an Endtime Passover? Do we want the World’s Blessing or the Great Shepherd’s Blessing?
Psalms 83:3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
Who are “they”? (Verses 1-2). Against whose people have “they” taken crafty counsel? Against whose Hidden Ones have “they” consulted?
1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
Psalms 83 is known as the Conspiracy Psalm! Remember the word piracy is in conspiracy. Is this crafty counsel against God’s people? Is this consulting against God’s Hidden Ones? Who are “they”? (Genesis 1:4). From where did God get enemies and “they that hate” Him? Genesis 1:4:“And God saw the light that it was good.”
V. 10: “And God saw that it was good.” V. 12: “... (kind after kind) and God saw that it was good.” V. 18: “and God saw that it was good.” V. 21: (kind after kind) “and God saw that it was good.” V. 25: (kind after kind) ... “and God saw that it was good.” V. 31: “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” If it was good in verse 4, good in verse 10, good in verse 12, good in verse 18, good in verse 21, good in verse 25, and Very Good in verse 31, then where on God’s green earth did God get enemies and them that hate Him? Previews of Coming Attractions! Who are “they” who seek to do God’s Hidden Ones hurt?
1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired.
2 Before the decree, bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’s anger come upon you.
Who is the undesired Nation? Do our People even hate to think they are Israel? Are Israelites the offscouring of the Planet? Are we called the Outcasts of Israel? Should we gather? What are we supposed to bring forth? Verse 3. If we bring forth these things in verse 3, shall we be hid in the Day of the LORD’s anger? Who, hearing the Word of God heralded, does not want the Plague Angel, the Pestilence Angel, or the Death Angel to pass over them? Who wants to miss Passover? Is a rhetorical question a question whose answer is this obvious?
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
What time is it? Is it time to gather ourselves together as Zephaniah said?
24 And let us consider one an other to provoke unto love and to good works.
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the man ner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
What time is it? Is it time to assemble? Or is it time to enter into our chambers, and shut our doors? Is it time, as Isaiah said, to hide ourselves until the indignation be overpast? What time is it?
1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; we have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.
2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
What time is this? Is this the Kingdom following upon The Second Coming? Is this a Kingdom Song being sung in the land of Judah? In all the perplexities of our day, in all our time of Jacob’s Trouble, what blessing of assurance can we have that we are Kingdom bound?
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Can we keep ourselves in perfect peace in our own power? According to verse 3 who does the keeping? God always does His Big Part! What is our small part? Is our small part that we trust in Him?
Isaiah 26:12 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.
If all our righteousnesses are as filthy menstrual rags, how can we ever do our small part? But what if we were to cease from our own works?
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.
What is a synonym for rest? The word rest in verse 9 is translated from G4520, sab batismos’. What is the subject matter of Hebrews 4 here?
Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
What could stand between us and His Promise? Look at the first part of Verse 3:
Hebrews 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest.....
Could an evil heart of unbelief block our gaining the Promise He “left us of entering into His Rest”? Could that evil heart of unbelief block our ceasing from our own works?
Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
“Departing from the living God”! Who is doing the departing? At what time should we hide ourselves according to Isaiah? Remember verse 20? Isaiah the endtime prophet heralded the Word of God to His People, Israel, saying, we should hide ourselves until the Indignation be overpast! When should we do this?
Isaiah 26:21 For, behold the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the in habitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
What time is it? Do we need to know what time it is? When I was a Babe in Christ I got so frustrated with that question. If the frustration occurred too close to bedtime, I had to wake up and go to bed. I knew the problem was mine, not God’s. I matured. I discovered even though I could never know the day and hour, I could know the season.
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
(Luke 21:35). Have we noticed something about all these verses we have been reading about the God of Israel’s Indignation? Is God’s Indignation, The Rage of His Displeasure with Sin, designed to overpass or pass over His People?! Do we find this Providence of God comforting? Do we have the Best and True Blessed Assurance? Look at the Letter to the sixth church at Philadelphia:
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Having this Best Comfort, having this True Blessed Assurance, for what then should we pray?
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
As we struggle on a daily basis to continue to improve our Relationship with the One “with whom we have to do,” how does our Heavenly Father take notice in Christ Jesus?
Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and open ed unto the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
What does the word “creature” mean? Are we creatures? Creature is translated from the Koine Greek word G2937 ktisis, meaning original formation. Are we God’s originals corrupted in The Fall? With all things naked and opened unto God’s eyes, what trouble would He have doing this?
2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.
Does God know how to deliver? Is there anything God does not see? When we are in our right minds, why would we fail to improve our private, intensely personal relationship with our Creator, Maker, Redeemer, Saviour, and Friend Jesus Christ? If we do, will God move the President to do more? Has Trump said repeatedly at Rallies, “You did it”! Does He know instinctively that the better we, as a People, relate to the God of our Fathers, the more he can do?
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal. The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
“The Lord knoweth them that are His”! Do we trust Him? For those of us who name the Name of Christ, how well are we departing from iniquity? Whose idea of Good and Evil do we trust? Our idea? Or God’s Idea? Did the Woman in The Garden trust her Father? What two choices did she make?
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit there of, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Was Adam with her when she ate? Was Adam with her when he ate? When the woman made her first choice to eat, was she in her forever living body? When she “gave also unto her husband” was she “in the transgression”? To her, before she fell, the tree became good, pleasant, and desired! She came to those convictions before she fell. Her seed, her posterity, her children are born in the transgression with her. Is that us? Now that we are on earth as the fallen children of the woman, do we reason that we can do any better than her? Is our idea of what is good and what is evil better than our Heavenly Father’s idea? If we are supposed to have our “senses exercised to discern both good and evil,” [Hebrews 5:14], is it Wisdom to do that apart from our Heavenly Father? Have we caught ourselves thinking iniquity was “good”? And how many of our family and friends do we see naming the Name of Christ, and resisting a departure from iniquity because we think it is good, or fun for the children, and harmless?!
Consider the first month of Spring in the Year of our Lord 2020. Churchianity was forbidden to assemble in most of the country! Forbidden! How many Easter egg baskets and bunnies, symbols of fertility, were not taken to the meetinghouse on Easter? Eggs and Bunnies are the rank symbols for worship service to the queen of heaven, Ashtaroth or Astarte, whose name survives to us down through the centuries in English as Easter! What on earth does Astarte, the queen of heaven, have to do with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ the Righteous from the grave?! How many sunrise services, a rank custom of Baal worship, were cancelled? Are these customs ordained for us through Jesus Christ our Lord? Or have devils ordained them to win our worship? Is Obedience the highest form of worship? Should we obey demons?
When we resist departure from iniquity what is our stock answer ? “Do you think, Walter, you might be just a little overboard on ancient stuff that does not even count anymore. We are in the modern era. Get up to date, you old fossil. Just who do you think you’re kidding?! Not me! Our families have done it for years. These are our traditions. They are harmless. They are fun for the children. And you want to deprive children of the fun of childhood which they deserve to have? Come on. I know you. You are not that kind of monster.”
What just happened? Did we switch from what Jesus thinks to what man thinks? Is this about pleasing ourselves and our children? Or is this about pleasing the One who died and rose from the grave? Are we saved by His Life, Resurrection Life? Is it possible that we, like The Woman, are still eating from the wrong Tree? Is the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil a clever counterfeit of The Tree of Life?
“O, come on, Walter, why are you trying to be some fun hating, rigid, Puritan? All that old stuff is done away !” Is “that old stuff” really done away?
Did what just happened, happen again? Are we back to what man thinks in place of what Jesus thinks? If all that old stuff like devil worship is done away, why does Paul warn Christians against obeying devils?
1 Corinthians 10:20 But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Many who name the Name of Christ insist they are Gentiles. Is Paul writing to the Gentiles? Many insist they are not the Gentiles of verse 20. What is the Prosecutor’s burden of proof? If the Prosecutor charges us also, would the Burden of Proof be the same? Is the burden of proof revealed here in 1 Corinthians 10? Does the Holy Spirit through Paul connect sacrifice to devils with having fellowship with devils ? If we are having fellowship with devils what are we becoming? Does with whom we associate show us who we are becoming?
If we are not sacrificing to devils we are not fellowshipping with devils! Based on verse 20, have we made a sound deduction?
If I were to begin to have fellowship with devils, would they begin to have power over me in this life? If I continue to fellowship with devils for years, could I become utterly and completely powerless against them? How blind would I become to the words of Scripture on the page? How deaf would I become to hearing the Word preached? Does faith cometh by hearing? Does hearing come by the Word of God? How shall they hear without a preacher?
Leviticus 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
The Fellowship of God’s Covenant People has members that show each other the Love of Christ. You actively pray for each other, support each other holding each other accountable, and build each other up. You have active ministries to those who wish to attend, and cannot because they are barred by things they have no power to change. You, the members of this local body, show faith in verse 18.
Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy self: I am the LORD.
How do you help me, a blind man, to see? How do you help me, a deaf man, to hear? How much repetition, how much love, how much long suffering, how much patience how much meekness would it take? How much work in the vineyard would it take to help a blind man to see and a deaf man to hear? Would it take everyone of the items on the fruit of the spirit list to get it done? Is our Big Thrill sensing the Holy Spirit moving in the Church and in People’s Lives? Are we in it for the Thrill?!
Did we say the Burden of Proof to prosecute me for having fellowship with devils is in 1 Corinthians 10? To find me guilty of fellowship with demons, does the prosecutor have to prove I sacrifice to devils?
Is all that old stuff done away? Really? Why does Paul say he wishes that we would not have fellowship with devils! (Verse 21). How expensive is fellowship with devils? What is the true cost of fellowship with devils?
1 Corinthians 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
What does cannot mean? There are two “cannots” in verse 21. Does cannot mean we are not able? “Ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table.” What happens to me if I eat the emblem of Christ’s body and I am not at the Lord’s table? What happens to me if I drink the emblem of Christ’s blood and I am not at the Lord’s table? Imagine being present at the First Lord’s Supper in Jerusalem almost 2000 years ago. Jesus stares straight at you or me, aware of our presence. He says, You have no part with me. Depart from me ye worker of iniquity. Depart from me ye teacher of lawlessness. Is example a teacher? What kind of example was I setting? Do we tremble at the Word of God? Are we in awe yet? If we are not seated at the Lord’s Table, at whose table are we seated?
“But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils and not to God.” Are we “the dispersed among the Gentiles”? Is Israel’s sin in every generation, we like to be like the other nations? Do we get, now, to have our faces rubbed and smeared in the other nations? Is that a good way to know whose flesh we are in? Is this a good way to know what we act like? Is our land filled with strangers? Do they desire the Republican form of government? Was John Adams right when he said, “The Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”? Are we now adopting the customs of the strangers? Are these strangers nuts enough to kill the golden goose that lays these golden eggs for them? Are we so insane that we will help them get this done? What kind of Gentiles are we? Does the Prosecutor have the evidence to show that I sacrifice to devils?
What are the sacifices to devils? Do I get to decide what sacrifices I want to make? Or am I under Christ’s instruction? Does Jesus Christ instruct me to bob for apples in the Autumn season? If I am a disciple of Christ, have I agreed to let Him, the Captain of our Salvation, discipline me? Does Jesus Christ instruct me to costume myself in the Autumn and masquerade as someone else? Were actors in the day of Shakespeare, the greatest Playwright, called hypocrites? Is it one thing to tell a good story? Is it another thing to obey a custom prescribed by someone other than Jesus Christ the Righteous? How silly is it for a roomful of grown adults to bob for apples?
How expensive and time consuming is it to masquerade?
Walter, why are you trying to be such an antisocial freak? Why are you trying to be a stiffbacked, grimfaced, hymn singing fun-hating Puritan? Bobbing for apples is fun for the children! Why do you insist on robbing children of their childhood? Do you keep your children sheltered from the world? You will reap a bitter harvest!
Is Halloween obvious? What does Halloween celebrate? Does it celebrate human sacrifice, especially children, the drinking of children’s blood, the oppression and possession of the bodies of victims leading to the commission of murders, serial rapes, pedophilia, child sacrifice? Is Halloween some kind of joke to be practiced at whim? Does a great deal of time, expense, and sacrifice make the celebration of Halloween a welcome and annual event in America? If we obey and partake of Halloween are we sacrificing to devils by obeying their customs?
O Walter that is totally illogical and nonsensical! These customs as you call them are fairy tale fun stuff. You’re taking this way too seriously. You’re way out of all proportion! You’re an overboard critic! God, you sound like the devil, accusing people of crimes they never committed, or even intend to commit? Walter why do you act like a persecutor instead of a prosecutor?
Can people with good intentions be deceived? I celebrated Halloween for years, the worst offender, until I heard this verse of Scripture preached.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness.
“Know ye not.” Does Paul think we might not know something? Is there something of which we might be ignorant? Is what we obey our God? Does the Devil even care if we know what we are doing so long as he gets the worship? Is Halloween devil worship? Would the devil attempt to impersonate Jesus? Are we made for worship?
Are we creatures capable of worshipping? Is the only question left to decide whom or what will we worship? How important a choice is that? Is it, as the verse says, a choice between “sin unto death” or “obedience unto righteousness”?
If we name the Name of Christ, should we depart from iniquity?
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
“Some shall depart from the faith.” Are “doctrines” teachings? What do devils teach?
Do devils teach men to worship them instead of the true God? Will the Dragon refuse to make war on the woman and her seed?
Why in all this sacrificing to devils does the Holy Spirit mention jealousy? What does green rage jealousy have to do with fellowship with devils?
1 Corinthians 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
Is jealousy a good thing? Is it evil? Is it possible for an husband to have a godly Jealousy for his wife? What if his wife detects he does not have a godly Jealousy for her? Do a whole lot of unfortunate consequences ensue?
Does Scripture say the Bridegroom is The Lamb of God?
Who is the Bride? Is the Bride the Lamb’s wife?
Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee, the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
My wife has her first and eternal husband, Jesus Christ. He is The Bridegroom. I represent Jesus imperfectly to her on earth.
What is adultery? Does committing adultery wound the soul of a spouse and shake trust? Does the wounded shaken spouse feel as if the rug was ripped from under foot? Is it the unforgivable sin, or does it hurt like it is? Dairy farmers are familiar with a test called adulteration, which means the milk is diluted with a substance of inferior quality. When the marital bond is adulterated the wounded spouse can become inconsolable. Why does the endtime prophet Malachi call Marriage a covenant? What if the Lamb’s wife is enchanted and leaves her Lord’s table to eat at the table of devils?
2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Did the woman in the Garden, enchanted by the Serpent, leave her husband’s family Tree to eat at the other in the midst of the Garden? Is there anything new under the sun? Did Adam forgive her in Genesis 4? Was she forgiven under the Son? Is that when Adam begat Seth?
Are we guilty of mixed worship? Are we guilty of adulterous worship? Did Israel engage in mixed or adulterous worship? Is Halloween much older than the 1st Coming of Jesus Christ?If we are just like them, does that tell us who we are? Shall we become in every way that “chaste virgin” Paul wished to present to Christ?
In Paul’s 1st Epistle to the Churches at Corinth, did he preach, “Ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”?
Do our names tell us something of our ancestral selves? Do God’s Names tell us something of Him? How long ago did God tell us one of His Names is “Jealous”?
Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
Will our Lord forgive our adultery? Do we want the forgiveness of our Lord whom we have wounded so deeply? Should we depart from iniquity and name His Name in Reverence and Honour? Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name!
Isaiah 26:20 Isaiah 26:3 Revelation 3:10 Leviticus 19:18
Zephaniah 2:3 Isaiah 26:12 Luke 21:36 1 Corinthians 10:21
Psalms 83:3 Hebrews 4:9-10 Hebrews 4:13 Romans 6:16
Psalms 83:1-2 Hebrews 4:1 2 Peter 2:9 1 Timothy 4:1
Zephaniah 2: 1-2 Hebrews 4:3 2 Timothy 2:19 1 Corinthians 10:22
Ecclesiastes 3:1 Hebrews 3:12 Genesis 3:6 Revelation 21:9
Hebrews 10:24-25 Isaiah 26:21 1 Corinthians 10:20 2 Corinthians 11:2
Isaiah 26:1-2 Mark 13:32-33 Leviticus 19:17 Exodus 34:14