Lamentations, Mourning, and Woe…

Lamentations, Mourning, and Woe

“And there was written therein, lamentations, and mourning, and woe.” (Ezekiel 2:10)

For the past several weeks, I have been facilitating and teaching a Bible study on the book of Ezekiel. Of all the Bible studies I have attended or those I have taught, this one is proving to be quite challenging, revealing, and concerning. I am discovering more and more each day how deeply I am living within an idolatrous nation and how many man-made “idols” we actually have set up for ourselves.

We are truly a nation facing the Biblical judgment process of Lamentations, Mourning, and Woe. Let me explain:
Lamentations are periods of sadness, unhappiness, depressions, discontentment, hopelessness, feelings of gloominess, and spells of crying. Sound familiar? America’s pharmaceutical industry has made a fortune over the past two to three decades selling every drug and narcotic it can produce to give our society relief from symptoms of clinical depression…One out of every three commercials has something to do with symptoms of depression.

A few decades ago, we weren’t all that familiar with the words such as “depression” and “dysfunction.” Today, the word “dysfunction” describes our American lifestyle better than functional, efficient, manageable, and thriving. Everywhere you look people are trying to find “function” in “dysfunction!” With all the “dysfunction” and “depression” revolving around us, I believe it’s clear to say that we are a nation of people experiencing the judgment of Lamentations! I believe this isn’t something that “we” have created or totally brought upon ourselves, but something that GOD has allowed to come upon us as a result of our turning our backs on Him. Just as in the days of Ezekiel, God is sending us His warnings! And, we are experiencing the first stage in full force, Lamentations.

God is a merciful. He is willing to extend mercy and grace to each individual sinner as well as an entire nation. But, the decision lies within our own hearts, mind, and choices. When we do not “awaken” from our idolatrous ways during God’s time frame of “Lamentations,” he carefully guides His judgments to the next level, “mourning.” I believe our nation is now experiencing a time of “mourning.” Let me explain. Mourning is associated with “loss.” Mourning brings about grief and despair; worries and anxieties; confusion and uncertainties. We are seeing the “love of many wax cold.” Countless numbers of people no longer have natural affections one for another or feelings of sympathy and empathy. We have “lost” human compassion on so many levels. We have “lost” our abilities to govern our lives, families, and society effectively. We have “lost” wisdom in high places and how to apply it. And, we are now losing our constitutional “rights” that were once never challenged. We are now a nation in “mourning.”

That only leaves us with one more phase of judgment, Woes. There is something so very fearful and dreadful about this time period…There is no turning back once it begins. God is just and when he sends catastrophic woes upon our lives and that of our nation he does not stop until HE wills it to be so. Our human cries and tears will not stop God’s “woes.” God gives us plenty of time to “repent” and turn back to Him during the periods of Lamentations and Mourning. But, once His “woes” begin they will continue until His judgment is concluded and final.

The Children of Israel did not heed God’s lamentations and time of mourning; not even after they had been exiled to Babylon. For it was in Babylon, to those already in captivity, that God sent Ezekiel. There they were, the Children of Israel, living in exile camps still refusing to “turn” from their idols and wicked ways. I have to wonder, will America be the same way? Will we, as a nation, hold onto our “idols” of money, self-centeredness, pleasure, prosperity, self-reliant military power, allies, and religious practices instead of looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith? God, have mercy.

As we continue to face greater mourning and future “woes,” will our churches continue to be nothing more than community meeting places to make us look good to ourselves and to others? Will we continue to seek the answers to our many complex problems within society in our government officials and representatives; instead of seeking God’s face? Will we continue telling God that He is not wanted or needed in our public schools, public places, and government? Will we continue to offer our children upon the altars of abortion and human trafficking? Will we continue to sell and use illegal drugs, alcohol, and sex as our nations favorite past time? Will our sports arenas and movie theaters continue to bid for our attentions and allegiance as oppose to church worship, Bible study, and family prayer time? Will our society continue to be forced into accepting sinful practices of homosexuality, fornication, prostitution, and man-made self-righteous wickedness? God forbid.

But, this I can answer…God will not allow any nation who turns its back on Him to prosper in its sins. The handwriting is on the wall…The answer can be found in II Chronicles 7:14, 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

While we are yet in the “mourning” stage, it is my prayer that God’s people will humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways…Before the time of “woe” is upon us. As in Ezekiel’s day and time, we, the true Church made up of born-again Christians, are called to be the Watchman sending out God’s warnings unto the people…”Repent, repent, repent!”

In so many ways, we have been warned. Have mercy upon us, O, Lord. Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

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This is the Condemnation…

“This is the Condemnation…”

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)

Last night, I watched a news report on ABC’s 20/20 regarding two teenage girls in high school engaged in a homosexual relationship. The report stated that the older girl, a senior age eighteen, was involved with a younger girl, a freshman age fourteen. The older teen was charged with having sexual relationships with a minor. She was jailed for two years and sentenced three years probation.

Actually, I was glad to see that the Law, in this particular case, “swings” both ways. I am certain that some would have wanted the charges to be dismissed because it was a girl with a girl relationship. But, how many little girls have been the victims of older girls wishing to “experiment” with their own sexual desires, fantasies, and preferences? Many a little girls have been violated by the “experiments” of older girls. And, sadly, the same is true with little boys being molested by older boys and men.

A few years back, while I was still teaching in public school, a group of eight grade girls invited a group of sixth grade girls to a party. When the sixth grade girls arrived, they soon discovered that the older girls were engaged in sexual activities with one another. The object of the “party-game” was for the “new” sixth grade girls to participate. However, a couple of the sixth grade girls refused. So, they called their parents asking to come home. When these parents discovered what was happening at the party, they reported it to the authorities and to the school board. Since all of the girls involved at the party were minors, no charges were legally filed, but lessons were definitely learned.

In another similar account, a group of upcoming freshmen were invited to participate with the high school band at a football game. The eight graders invited were very excited about the opportunity to perform at the high school football game. However, after their half time performance, these same eight graders discovered that many of the band members were blatantly engaging in public display of affection one with another; both heterosexual and homosexual, even as staff members and other spectators silently stood by. The scenes were so disturbing for some of the eight graders that they quit the band and never tried out the following fall.

Scenes like this are becoming too many and too widespread across our nation and globe. Those who prefer to remain in a traditional, Bible-believing, heterosexual life-style are becoming the butt-end of jokes and mockery. Good is being called, “bad,” and “bad” is being called, “good.”

The Bible warns us of these approaching times right before the return of Christ Jesus for his bride, the church. Because of such accounts, we have arrived at a time when parents “must” inform their children of the evil deeds of darkness. We must teach our children and grandchildren that they will be persecuted and mocked for their Biblical beliefs and stand…Yet; we must teach them to stand strong. We cannot afford to take these accounts, events, and happenings lightly…Our heritage depends upon it.

The Bible teaches that man has always preferred “darkness” to the “Light.” Jesus Christ being the Light. The Bible teaches us in the book of Luke that, “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me (Jesus Christ). But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.” (Luke 21: 16-19 NIV).

The teachings and prophecies of the Bible are sure. They have been forever proven right from the beginning and have no doubt of being proven right for our future…The Lord’s coming is at hand; and we must stand strong against the wiles of Satan and the evil deeds of darkness. Our children and grandchildren will not be able to stand without strong Biblical teachings on these matters. We cannot afford to put our “heads in the sand” and dismiss what is happening all around us. God forbid.

Today, if you have not already done so, meet with your children and grandchildren. Take out the Word of God, the Bible, and plainly show them the future persecutions of those who “believe” and “follow” the ways of the Lord…But, more than anything else show them the future that God has promised to all those who “believe” and “follow” HIS ways. I encourage you NOT to wait for another day…Today, is the day of Salvation…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

“I Send You as Sheep Among Wolves.”

I Send You As Sheep Among Wolves…

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

The “world” will not like, nor accept, what I write. The lost and dying “world” will turn away from any and all correction, instruction, Biblical teachings, and guidance from the Lord. They will not have it. They will fight against it. They will shun from it. They will deny it. They will throw stones at those who try to “interfere” with their lives and their own plans. They will persecute and mock any intentions and efforts cast before them to “warn” them of the coming judgment of God upon their wicked, sinful, and blasphemous life styles. For they love darkness rather than Light.

Jesus “warned” his disciples that he was sending them out as “sheep” among “wolves.” Anyone knows what a wolf can and will do to a sheep within its clutches. Yet, Jesus chose this parable to warn his disciples of how the “world” would treat God’s messengers of hope, restoration, and salvation.

Today, I believe that it is the duty of ALL Christians across the globe to send out “warnings” to those still trapped within Satan’s bondages and lost without hope; even if they will not heed the warning.

In the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, God gave explicit instructions to Ezekiel to “warn” the Children of Israel of their many sins and impending doom if they did not “repent.” It was not Ezekiel’s responsibility to “win” over those who rejected God’s messages and warnings. It was Ezekiel’s called duty to be a “watchman” warning the people. The people’s response would be their own choice and decision to make…The same is true today…

Ministers preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ practically twenty-four hours a day across the entire globe. Countless numbers of missionaries go into the hedges and byways each day seeking out one lost soul to share the good news of Jesus Christ. There is no lack of the message being sent out. There are thousands of “watchmen” sounding the alarm behind pulpits and across airways every day.

The problems are the same as it were in Ezekiel’s days…The people will not listen. The people are “rebellious.” The people are “impudent.” The people will not turn from their wicked ways nor humble themselves before the Lord…The people will see the “wrath” of God upon them.

Today, I believe the “church” is the watchman sent out as a sheep among wolves. Christians everywhere are being daunted, mocked, ridiculed, and rejected for their beliefs in Christ Jesus and His redemptive plan and purpose for salvation. But, as believers and followers of Christ, we must, must keep on keeping on…just as Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and all of the other hundreds of prophets and preachers before our time. We must continue to sound the alarm…Christ is coming again…Jesus Christ is coming again…God’s everlasting Hope for Salvation will return to gather His own…And, those left behind will sadly see and experience the “wrath” of a loving, mighty God…

You say, “You’re crazy.” But, am I? The signs are all around us…We live in a fallen idolatrous generation that has now killed more innocent babies than those that died in the Holocaust. Sin is all around us living big and living loud. Sin parades itself in our streets and on our airways. Sin now “brags” about its rights and dares anyone to reject its self-seeking destructive nature. It is as if the whole world has eagerly thrown itself into a sewer of filth, lies, corruption, garbage, and wickedness; loving every minute of it and daring “Christians” to say a word against their chosen lifestyles…Seemingly, we are living in a world gone mad…

Yes, my friend, we are in danger of God’s expedient judgment…And, the only thing that will save both you and me is the Blood of Jesus Christ applied to our hearts and lives. (Romans 10)

It is my prayer that you have already sought and accepted God’s provision for “safety” during his forthcoming wrath upon our most sinful planet. Every man, woman, boy, and girl can find God’s safety and protection through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17). And, once you have accepted God’s plan of Salvation, I pray that you, too, will become a “watchman” warning others and helping to direct them to the blessed foot of the Cross. Amen.

Remember, God LOVES YOU!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author.