¶ These temple builders succumbed too easily in the fight. How easily we can give in to temptation and because of that pathetic stall we may lose out big time. Later on under the ministry of Haggai they were awakened and inspired to continue the work of the Lord in rebuilding the Temple and trust him to advance their cause with the captivity authorities.
|| The Great Succumb in the Last Days of this Present World: ||
¶ One major breakdown predicted in the last days is the rage and pride of youth. They will become unthankful, without natural love and affection for their closest relatives, namely their fathers and mothers and will be in alignment with their peers. Such an alignment with youth peers will also be a shallow faithfulness according to the breakdown faithfulness to their naturally closest relation of mum and dad. Those who may also come into this skewed mayhem are brothers and sisters, who in a pact together, develop a rebellion philosophy, full of sophisticated excuses and reasons to use and abuse their parents to get whatever they want. Lets us (as parents) be warned that such a curse upon the whole earth [Malachi 4:6.] is coming and developing now at an alarming rate. At the time of the prophet Malachi and the horrible announcement of such a "curse" coming upon the earth was a prediction of doom averted by the coming of Christ. But this "curse" at the end of the World will come to final fruit.
¶ How wonderful is the story repeated over and over again of families being restored to loving relationships through a real experience of the saving grace and power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
¶ The following is the prediction of moral corruption in the last days and be assured it is already happening and bringing worldwide grief and sorrow upon many families.
"But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-cantered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.
[They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
[They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.
For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them]." [2 timothy 3:1-5.]
¶ Take note of the date today and of such things mentioned here and be on the lookout against deceptions that are evil at its core. This peer alignment that incubates and fosters discount of parents, and outright proud disrespect, cannot be the basis of a pure relational outcome with congenial youth peers. How can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit? How can you get a clean thing out of a dirty one? [Matthew 7:18.] The nastiness that demolishes the highest goodness (that comes alone from parents) for a lesser one will hold in secret contempt the bad potential of the new insincere togetherness. This scenario is aptly portrayed in the "Hunger Games" movie where young people kill each other in a jumble of narcissistic obsessions filled with double cross motives of hypocrisy.
¶ The world of tomorrow is our youth and if our youth are hoodwinked with a twisted and self centered concept of parents and children and discredit of the wisdom of the elderly - Look out, it is going to be a suffering, to live on the Earth! Parents are suffering at the hands of their children in this world today more than ever before. The "Nanny show" and "Dr. Phil", are a frightening barometer of a world populating towards disaster.
¶ We have witnessed the gross swelling of this issue over the last few years with the horrendous outcome of children (in gross evil within family) that have plotted and planned their parent’s death in order to inherit the family wealth. Billy Graham once said that the breakdown and destruction of a nation begins with the breakdown of the family.
¶ Isaiah warned Israel of their developing gross wickedness, that at the core of their demise and provoked judgement of God, was the succumbing to the oppression of children and allowance of the rule of women, particularly in the family.
"As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths." [Isaiah 3:2.]
¶ The father is to blame for inter family relationships that go wrong. In the Church which is a large replica of the family household, an elder or bishop must (among many things) be one that is "blameless" as a husband; in other words, to love his wife as "Christ loved the Church and gave himself for it" [Ephesians 5:25.] thus bestowing upon his wife and the mother of his children an example of honour and preciousness that children can see firsthand and learn the importance and preciousness of both dad and mum in the all important matter of love and honour. This is so important because the other connected requirement of a Church elder/bishop is that he "rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity" [1 Timothy 3:4-5.] and yet with that "rule" there is the demonstration of love and due benevolence toward the wife and mother that impresses upon children the beauty and preciousness that the Lord has given in marriage and family. Such a beautiful demonstration will stand them in good stead in their developing lives and the sure discovery for themselves, of faithful love and respect and honour instead of what is most prevalent today; that of brazen self projected sexuality and sensual attraction and desire, that is so often followed by rejection after the humbling use of fulfilled lust.
¶ This succumbing to the "oppression" of children has become an operating principle across the board of all management of young people today and they are making and demonstrating a repulsive belligerent outcry for relinquished discipline and surrendered attention. Principles of high schools and other services in the development and education of the young are defecting to the immature subtle control of strong minded, presumptuous youth.
¶ The curse of Malachi 4:6 and 2 Timothy 3:1-5 has come upon us with all its many strains, of which terrorism and war is an ugly fruit. Be sure that the weak link and the awful seat of it all is the breakdown of families. Lack of love, honour, and the pure sin of developing violent attitudes that can be built upon, has only one final outcome; that of disaster to families, home and nation.
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TIO Nutshell Thought.
If you are not aware that you have an adversary, it is because you have become numb to the devouring!
Look, listen and enjoy the much loved Gospel singer of Chicago - Jessy Dixon singing - "Gone". This song is about the resurrection of Christ and his glorious triumph over the grave.
Jessy went home to be with the Lord in 2011 at the age of 73.
Notice the expressions on the faces, and the tears, at the thrill of this Glorious truth of the song.
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A very precious encouragement from Paul Washer.
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Marriage incompatibilities are the express purpose and blessing of God.
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"Pastors and the Church Part 4."
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