(Isa 49:20) The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.
When the New Testament gathering began, the Ecclesia, the “Church”, as we call it, Jesus first went to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Jesus, along with his servants invited his first children, the Jews, the children of Israel, to the great supper and they were busy with other things, they would not come, as it is recorded in Luke 14. Because the first children of the Lord would not come, the natural Jews, the Lord commanded his servants to go to the Gentiles and invite them to the great feast of the Lord.
(Luk 14:23) And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
In Luke 13 the Lord says that he would have gathered his first children together as a hen does gather her chicks, but they would not and so their house is left unto them desolate. Jesus, along with the disciples of the Lord, lost their first children, the Jews, and only a remnant of the Jews came out of Babylon, which was the religious system of the day, headed by the Scribes and Pharisees. Isa. 1:21, “how has the faithful city become a harlot?”
But Jesus preached:
(Luk 13:24-28) Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
Today we are at a similar time, just like Jesus lost his first children, the Jews, we too are going to lose, or already have lost our first children of our Babylon, our Jerusalem, the Harlot Church System. The vast majority of church going, proclaiming Christians will be lost, only a remnant will leave the system before the Harlot Church system’s day of judgment plays out in it’s final day. The day of the Lord for the natural Jewish people occurred in 70 AD, when the Roman armies came in and destroyed the natural city of Jerusalem. Just as the natural city was destroyed, so will the spiritual city be destroyed, the Lord will destroy our mother, just as the scriptures foretell.
(Hos 4:5) Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
Jesus said “Flee Jerusalem”, John the Revelator said “Flee Babylon”, yet those of us who have left the Harlot Church System, those of us who dwell in the wilderness, have not entered that “strait gate” as of yet. Just like the confusion on the issue of truth in the Harlot Church System, along with their many denominations and sects, we to have confusion in the wilderness, among the remnant community. Every so often I will hear the lament from one, “why cannot we just love one another?”, “why do we need to argue about truth?”, “why can’t we just agree to disagree?”; and on the other hand one might say, “we should contend earnestly for the truth!”, “can two walk together, except they agree?”, “isn’t it true that others who disagree with us don’t have eyes to see and are blind?”
(Hos 4:1) Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.(Hos 4:4) Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
(Jdg 21:25) In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Just like the times of the Judges, we also have no king among us and every man does that which is right in his own eyes. There are those who claim that Jesus is their king and they are lead by the Holy Spirit, yet that is impossible, they do not speak the same things, they do not march to the same orders, they do not hear a clear trumpet sound. Yet when they lament their condition, they admit that they don’t agree, they admit that they are not one, yet they don’t seem to make the connection that there is certainly something not quite right. Since the scriptures do not lie, 1John 2:27 tells us that there is NO lie that is of the truth, then we must conclude that there is a problem if we don’t agree, there is a problem if we don’t hear a clear trumpet sound, there is a problem if we do not obey the orders of one king.
On one side the people in the wilderness are saying “can’t we just get along and love each other and let everyman be led individually in the way Christ wants him to walk?” – “can’t we just agree to disagree?”, and on the other side people in the wilderness are saying; “we cannot agree to disagree”, “it is not loving to let false teaching stand”, “there is only one truth and one Holy Spirit who testifies of Jesus Christ”. Many in the wilderness want to save Babylon, they want to make better of the false religious system they have left.
Some prefer the “can’t we just all get along method” and some prefer the “my way or the highway method”. May I suggest that both of these approaches are wrong? There will never be unity or oneness among the wilderness dwellers by devotion to “can’t we all just get along” or “my way or the highway”.
I believe there is a way, a straight way, a way that is perhaps to narrow for you, a way that few people find. This way I speak of begins with the fear of God.
(Pro 3:7) Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.(Pro 12:15) The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Yes this way is to straight, it begins with the fear of God, the beginning of wisdom and knowledge, submitting to one another in the fear of God. Just as the prophet Hosea says:
(Hos 4:6) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Yes brothers and sisters, the answer is that simple, the answer is that straight, that the fear of God is your great treasure. (Pro 15:16) Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Those who claim that “Love is the answer” and those who claim that “their Truth is the answer”, are both wrong; it’s the fear of God brothers!
And again Hosea:
(Hos 3:5) Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
The way is to straight and yet we need a revelation of the fear of God. This is the beginning of knowledge, this is the beginning of wisdom and this is where we find oneness and unity, one king, Jesus Christ, The Way, The Truth and The Life!