You Won’t Escape This Purge

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You Won't Escape This Purge

Proverbs gives us a great analogy (and implied warning) for these Last Days.

Proverbs 26:23
Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross.

The Hebrew words for “fervent lips” is dalaq [H1814] saphah [H8193].

Taken together, they mean “persuasive speech.”

Persuasive Speech as an Art Form

Clay man - dross
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We have many, many teachers and prophets that excel in the art of persuasive speech. There are college courses focused on this very topic, enabling the students to deceive thousands, if not millions of listeners.

But this art form only creates feeble vessels with lips like “earthenware covered in silver dross”, destined to be purged by fire in the coming days.

As we read this verse, it is important for us to avoid becoming prideful, for it is not just reserved for the false prophet and huckster … it’s meant for us as well, “called-out ones”.

The Father’s View of the Disobedient

During the time of the prophet Isaiah, the Father said concerning Jerusalem:

Isaiah 1:21-26
How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water. Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes and follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come before them.”

Therefore the Lord says, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel,”Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, and take vengeance on My enemies. I will turn My hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy. I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.
Lies and deception
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During the time that YHWH was issuing forth this judgment, the children of Israel still professed to serve Him. They were doing their duty by coming to the temple and going through the motions (celebrating His Feasts and honoring His Sabbath), but then they would turn right around and live like the surrounding nations.

Earlier in the chapter, God labeled them:

Isaiah 1:4
Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the LORD,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward.

The terms used here, like “corrupters” and “forsaken” and “turned away backward” imply that they had, at some point, served the Father and obeyed Him according to the Way that He instructed them. But their true hearts surfaced in their longing to be like everyone else.

The Consequence of Turning Away from the Almighty

YHWH went on to say:

Isaiah 1:6-7
From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.

Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; strangers devour your land in your presence and it is desolate as overthrown by strangers.

This is fast becoming an exact replica of the “church” in the United States, as well as the country itself. The self-proclaimed church has refused the correction of the righteous and is reaping the consequences of this decision.

Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it.

Our country claims to be a christian nation with christian roots, but any sort of honest research will reveal many arguments to the contrary. Unfortunately, none of us were alive in the 1700’s, so we can’t know the absolute truth, but we owe it to our selves to consider all the evidence.

Link: “The Hidden Faith of Our Founding Fathers”

I don’t know everything, but I DO know that you can judge the tree by it’s fruit, and what I am seeing is not good. We profess to believe in “Jesus,” but we are as pagan as they come.

The Reward of Repentance

But take heart … the Father DOES offer us the solution! The question is … “Will you obey?”

Isaiah 1:16-20
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword;” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Take the time to digest what the previous passage is saying!

  • Wash yourselves
  • Make yourselves clean
  • Put away the evil from before your eyes.

All of these things require actual, tangible effort. Wash yourselves …. make yourselves clean.

We have this expectation that, because of Yeshua’s sacrifice, that God will reach down and magically whisk away our sins, and the desires that accompany them.

This is a complete deception and a lie.

There is a “wrestling” that we must endure, at least for a season (1 Peter 5:8-10). How long that season lasts is up to the Father.

God did not magically empower Yeshua to die on the cross. It required actual, physical human suffering and agony. If we are to truly follow Him, we will have to endure a measure suffering.

If the worst suffering that you have to endure is denying your flesh the fleeting pleasures of sin, then count yourself extremely blessed. There are many in the Mideast and China who have a weightier testimony in the Eyes of the Father.

The Purging will happen

Isaiah 1:24-26
Therefore the Lord says, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, “Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, and take vengeance on My enemies. I will turn My hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy.”

“I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.

Please understand, this dross that will be purged away, this lip service that we use in vain to mask the utter vanity in our heart … the seeker friendly speech that makes us “bosom buddies” with the world, but an enemy of the Most High, will be purged by tribulation.

And our hearts will be laid bare before the eyes of all.

Then the world will know who we really serve … and not all of us will be on the same team.

Isaiah 1:27
Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her penitents with righteousness.

“Righteousness” and “Justice” … where have I heard those terms before?

Psalm 89:14
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.

They are the foundation of His Throne.

The Most High will redeem those who are His, because He is just and those who truly repent (penitents) will learn righteousness (obedience to His commands). This dynamic is the very basis of the Coming Kingdom.

Do you see how it all fits together?

In the End, when He sets up His Kingdom on this earth, we will see who it was who could “walk the talk” and who it was who just …. talked.

Isaiah 1:28
The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, and those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

Joshua 24:20
“If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.”
1 John 3:4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Connect the dots, my friends. It’s time to be brutally honest about our walks with Him.

Where do you stand?

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7 replies on “You Won’t Escape This Purge”

  1. A very powerful word my brother. This has even challenge myself and wondering where my heart truly is. It saddens me and cannot even cannot imagine how our Father feels the state of His Children Lawlesness here in America. May the Spirit of Repentance falls upon us and lets us return to Him as His Holy Sons and Daughters of Righteousness.

  2. While I read a lot of sites, as well as study and research a lot topics, mostly biblical/Christ-oriented, I rarely comment or respond to blogs. But I just want you to know that I read your articles and appreciate them for their sound biblical truth and your candor. I also was wrapped in the false prophetic movement and the harlot church for a long time and the Lord separated my husband and I from them over ten years ago. I used to be an avid Elijahlist follower and we even had a number of the ‘Linked Prophets’ speak ‘words’ over/into/around.. whatever!.. our lives. Yikes!! We moved in that false ‘movers and shakers’ crowd. BUT FOR GOD!!! He spared us from so much delusion because HE GAVE us ‘the love of truth.’ We did and can do nothing, I know you know what I mean. His grace delivered me from seducing and lying spirits. He was delivering me, sanctify me, healing me from old demonic learned schemes of ‘accepting the unacceptable’ and ‘tolerating ‘Jezebel.’ so…

  3. True, Kevin. Jesus doesn’t magically take away temptation nor does He promise to. He does however promise to forgive our sins if we confess them to Him 1 John 1:9. How grateful I am for that! I know without His blood covering my sins I would have no hope of joining Him in Heaven. Thanks Be to to Him for His grace!

  4. don’t have the desire to be ‘brutally’ honest anymore, unless so led by The Father. But I can and will be ‘happily’ honest, for it is pure pleasure for me to bear witness to the joy to be found in walking ‘hand in hand’ with our creator and His Father, Now ( I’m happy to report) My Father also. Hasn’t always been that way. Never taken in by Elijah list group or any of the other baloney going on in those buildings they call churches nowadays. Can’t even get my mind around how any could. Maybe because I’m not of the sharpest in the box. Did get involved in drinking ,drugging, sexing, moneying, grifting and other criminal behavior though. Since getting the Baptist the 2nd job have had to dispose of a fortune, been beaten and tortured for week after week after week while being kept in concrete isolation box stained with the blood of previous guests, am made fun of and ridiculed weekly for the audacity of what job I claim, been beat up, spit on, betrayed ,slandered , disdained and pushed away from fellowship and friendship by many and ignored by almost all, etc. etc. etc.. Here’s the punchline though…….. ……….Are you ready for it……………… I am happy. I wake up daily with a song in my heart, overwhelmed by gratitude, and more in love with Yahweh and enjoying Immanuel more than I did in the previous month. Go Figure………… Also I really don’t have much to whine about or complain about. Immanuel already told us how people, events and things would be nowadays, Whas–a matta- didn’t anyone else believe him???? Lol

  5. May those still deceived by the “church system ” have ears to hear and hearts to obey. My heart grieves for those who have been redeemed, but have not yet entered into covenant so that they can produce Fruits of Righteousness.
    Another timely article Kevin. Much shalom to you.

  6. Jeremiah Ch.6 v.16.

    Stand at the crossroads and look; ask about the ancient paths,

    Which one is the good way?

    Take it, and you will find rest for your souls.

    But they say, “We will not take it”.

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