Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oh Women of Zion; We Need a Counter Revolution: A Comparison from the Book of Isaiah

Are you an American?
Are you a woman?
Are you a Christian?

If you have answered yes to those three questions, then it is imperative of you to read on.

What is Zion?

Zion is defined as “the hill on which the city of Jerusalem stands”.
During the days of Isaiah, Israel was split into two states. Israel was the northern region and Judah was the southern region. Jerusalem was located in Judah and Judah is the recipient of God’s judgment in the Book of Isaiah. God condemns the people of Judah because of their emphasis on riches, their worship of idols, their handholding with pagans, their emergence into divinations and eastern superstitions and their preoccupation with horses and chariots.

Please note: America has much in common with Judah. America is a rich country with many idols, many pagans, much divination and superstitions and many high end status vehicles.

Who were they women of Zion?

The women of Zion were the women of Judah. God says hey were haughty, flirted with their eyes, adorned themselves with bangles, nose rings, headdresses, fine garments, purses, signet rings, etc. They were perfumed, carried mirrors and jingled their anklets as they walked.

Please note: The women of the American church have much in common with the women of Zion. They are a product of their culture and preoccupied with their appearance. They wear short shorts, have breast implants, belly button piercing and show way to much skin. They inject botox into their faces, jingle with jewelry, walk haughtily and flirt with more than their eyes.

Why are the women of Zion important to us?

Judah was being judged because of their wickedness and while doom was prophesied upon them collectively as a country, Isaiah also notes that God had an additional judgment for the women of Zion. They were to be specifically punished for their vanity, immodesty, and promiscuous behavior.

Right now the church in America is looking like the nation of Judah. They have prioritized God behind their work schedules, their families, their entertainment, their possessions, their recreation, etc. They have opted for houses and cars instead of raising their own children in the ways of God. They walk like the world, they talk like the world, they dress like the world and they party like the world. Their hearts are not right with God and they have no longing for it to be so.

God is the same God today as yesterday. He has the same standards for his people today as He did in the days of Isaiah. Do not be fooled by the grace that God has allowed through the sacrifice of His Son, God still has expectations for His people. He is a Holy God and requires a Holy people.

For His daughters, God has a higher calling, as He made perfectly clear through His judgment on the women of Zion. The daughters of God are to dress modestly without excessive adornment and behave righteously, especially in the presence of men.

The women of Zion were sentenced with loss of hair, absolute baldness and the death of their men. Their men were to be killed off, leaving a seven to one ratio in a day when being a single woman was unacceptable.

Oh, American Christian women, do you want an addition sentence against you when God rebukes His church, as the women of Zion had when God rebuked Judah? It is something to think about and certainly something that can be easily avoided.

Simply start a COUNTER REVOLUTION against a culture that has infiltrated the church and CHOOSE MODESTY!

Monday, September 6, 2010

a new thing

It was like attending a funeral in an odd sort of way. They had the streets secured for five blocks with giant screens at each block. It was obvious they were anticipating huge crowds. "I feel bad for them" was what I found myself saying over and over again under my breath throughout the course of the 12 hour day...

It was at the stadium the night before that I had seen a vision of a large crowd of people coming over the horizon. God was preparing an army, of what I perceived to be youth and I heard Him say "it will not look like this".

It was a Friday night and the stadium was packed for a 5 hr worship night, in my mind there was nothing wrong with the way it looked. I thought it should be pleasing to God and it was. He loved every moment of it, but, He is now ready to do a new thing. Stadiums and amplified sound will be taking a back seat to the move of the marketplace.

Not exactly knowing what that meant I was reminded of a night last year when I found myself visiting a local church advertising a prophetic guest speaker. The prophet had singled me out and asked if I worked for the government in corrections or something similar. When I answered "no" he began to prophesy that I had the Spirit of Esther upon me and I had the ability to set people free. He also went onto say that I would be taking my God and my faith to the market place.

Was any of this memory relevant? I have no idea. All I know is that God is planning a very exciting 'new thing' and I want to be a part of it.

A movement in the market place... hmmm... as I ponder it, I know that anything, with God, makes the possibilities endless.

a woman unveiled

I have a vision... of a woman... she is walking through very dangerous Taliban strongholds, her face is unveiled and she carries a continence of inner strength. Surrounded by this womwan are several men, they are not armed but they are her supporters and protecters.

This woman is homegrown, she comes from a poverty strickened, suppressed village. She has proven herself since she was a child by solving many problems in the city. Rumors of her intelligence circulated quickly throughout the region. She was in much danger even as a child, but she was untouchable even then.

This woman walks through the streets from village to village. She encourages and teaches. She gives women hope. She understands the torment and has a vision for the future.

One day she will be martyred and her legacy will burn bright. But, for this day she is safe and protected bringing the message of hope and grace!