God Says This is The Time
God has said, “This is the time of My presence and the time of My glory.” For those that are truly His, you will be before God in His presence and those that are not walking rightly, will not be able to stand before Him, but will be judged. His glory is His majesty, beauty, honor, brightness, splendor, His purifying nature, His triumph, and His praise. In this statement, the Lord wanted to outline what will occur in the time of His presence and glory:
The wicked will perish at the presence of God. This includes: the unrighteous, wicked devices (plans), the vile, the foolish, and the immorally wrong. Unrighteousness will be put to death or made known for what it truly is, no longer being lifted up as being right in the eyes of men (Isaiah 5:20). The plans of wickedness or led in the fleshly nature will die and not stand (Isaiah 54:17; Proverbs 19:21; Psalm 33:10). The vile or foolish will no longer be considered generous and the miser said to be bountiful (Isaiah 32:5). Their ways will be found out. The immoral or those that do not conduct themselves to the standards of God’s in obedience unto Him, will lose themselves (Deuteronomy 28:34; Jeremiah 25:16; Proverbs 28:1; Leviticus 26:17, Leviticus 26:36). They will be broken, destroyed, will lose, be cut down, and faint (Psalm 52:5; 1 Corinthians 3:17; Psalm 94:23; Jeremiah 51:55; Matthew 25:29; Matthew 13:12; Mark 4:25; Luke 8:18; John 15:2; Psalm 37:9; Obadiah 1:2-12; Amos 8:13; Isaiah 29:8).
God will thrust Wickedness into a basket (or in the midst of an ephah) and throw a lead cover over its mouth (Zechariah 5:5-8). The ephah is a form of measure (similar to a scale, Ezekiel 5:1). This refers to ones that are found deficient or wanting as in TEKEL, mentioned in Daniel 5:27). Motives will be weighed (Job 31:6; Proverbs 16:2; Psalm 62:9). God will cover them in their wickedness and sink them in their wicked devices (Exodus 15:10). An ephah also refers to a double measure. God hates dishonest scales (Proverbs 11:1; Proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 20:10, Proverbs 20:23; Leviticus 19:36). He will judge the scant measures in the houses of men; measures of giving less than what God asked of them to do in obedience unto Him; and those that are rich in the land yet are violently (robbing) God of His honor and glory (Philippians 2:6), of His offerings due Him—therefore neglecting His people (Malachi 3:8). If the heart is not right before Him it is a robbing of the burnt offering (Isaiah 61:8). The rich in the land are speaking lies, therefore God will bring forth their sinking judgment (Micah 6:10-16).
Let God arise,
Let His enemies be scattered;
Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
2 As smoke is driven away,
So drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad;
Let them rejoice before God;
Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
For those that are truly His, God says, “This is not the time of sorrow but of rejoicing.”
Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
and declare it in the coastlands far away;
say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’
11 For the Lord has ransomed Jacob
and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
12 They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall be like a watered garden,
and they shall languish no more.
13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy;
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
14 I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance,
and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness,
declares the Lord.”
God has said, “This is the time I will show people ways of Me that you have not known. I will prevail, I will prevail. I AM, I AM, I AM, I AM. I have made a way already. It is a time to rejoice for I have made it happen, for I AM, I AM, I AM. No more will My people go without, for it is not My will for you to do so. For it is a time for My glory to prevail. For it is a time to show many Who I AM and what I AM about; that I AM a God of love and mercy. I AM a God of love and mercy; and they must know this. For many will not have it in this hour. They will not have it in this hour, the love and mercy that they desire because of what will prevail over them; over their sin, but I will have mercy in the coming days upon them. For it is a time of My presence, of My glory, a time to rejoice.”
“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
5 For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.
6 For the Lord has called you
Like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Like a youthful wife when you were refused,”
Says your God.
7 “For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
8 With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.
The called ones will be forsaken for a time, so that they may learn of God’s mercy and love in the end. He will cause you to desire Him in a time when many will hate you and not be merciful to you (Psalm 38:19; Psalm 41:1-13; Job 19:13-29); all caused by His own hand. You will truly learn the sovereignty of the Lord and His control over ALL things, allowing for anything He chooses to occur so that in the end, you may know Him as He truly is. This will be your reward because God is love and desires mercy over sacrifices.
But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice. “For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Hear what the Spirit is saying…