Blow the Trumpet in Zion!
By Evan Wiggs
Oh Beloved! Awesome days lie ahead! A mighty sword comes against the land. God is shaking the nations! Great shall be the harvest when God's people arise!
(Joel 2:15 NASB) Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
(Joel 2:16 NASB) Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
(Joel 2:17 NASB) Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Thy people, O LORD, And do not make Thine inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, 'Where is their God?'"
(Joel 2:18 NASB) Then the LORD will be zealous for His land, And will have pity on His people.
(Joel 2:19 NASB) And the LORD will answer and say to His people, "Behold, I am going to send you grain, new wine, and oil, And you will be satisfied in full with them; And I will never again make you a reproach among the nations.
Yes sound the alarm in God's Holy Mountain!! Proclaim it, call the assembly! Let the ministers and the people weep between the porch and the altar! We are a reproach to the nations, our shame goes up to God and He weeps!! Let the people seek their God and fall on their face and weep and seek the Holy One! Let the watchmen on the wall blow the shofar of alarm. God will answer us but not before we humble ourselves. Our God despises the proud and the haughty. He works with the lowly and contrite of heart. Put on the sackcloth, tear our clothes!
(Ezek 33:7 NASB) "Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth, and give them warning from Me.
(Ezek 33:8 NASB) "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die,' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.
(Ezek 33:9 NASB) "But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your life.
(Ezek 33:10 NASB) "Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, 'Thus you have spoken, saying, "Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them; how then can we survive?"'
Watchmen! Are you on the wall? Watchmen! Are you on the wall? If you blow an indistinct sound how shall the wicked hear? Watchmen the blood shall be on your hands! OH! The Lord grieves for his people! Sin is a charnel house in the Church. There are watchmen who are up to their necks in the putrid gore of sin and it is killing them. "REPENT!!" Cries the Lord of Hosts!
Oh Lord God! Break the chains of our sin! Help your people to come into your presence and cleanse our hearts. Help us to realize our absolutely desperate condition. And remember your word and your promise to us.
(2 Chr 7:13 NASB) "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,
(2 Chr 7:14 NASB) and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Yes, our God is awesome and will remember his covenant with us. If we humble our selves and pray he will do wonderful works through us.
Remember it is not our big churches that God wants! It is our hearts!! We need to pour out our hearts to him in supplication and travailing prayer, to cry out for righteousness to flow down from heaven. Oh, that God would rend the heavens and come visit his people again! If he doesn't we may well be sitting in our half-empty churches someday with "Ichabod" written above the door.
But when God arises He Himself will go before us with a burning fire, with a tempest and signs of wonder and power. He will manifest His GLORY through His people and great will be the incoming of all those who are held in bondage to sin and the evil one. Great is the Lord!
Blow the Trumpet Watchman! Blow the Trumpet!