Yesterday we saw how Amos had the courage and strength to face the establishment of his day. We need that same strength because these puppets are having a field day. Televangelists are peddling everything from special Bibles to special diets. We have yet to hear one of them denounce the Wall Street bailout, or how the Federal Prison System is nothing more than 21st Century slavery. Puppets capitulate to culture. Prophets confront culture. Puppets court Caesar. Prophets challenge Caesar. Puppets say, “Prophets not now.” Prophets say, “Now, hear the word of the Lord.”
Prophets must arise and counter the practices of these puppets. Prophets don’t hang out with politicians or partner with Pharaohs. Like Daniel, we refuse the King’s meat for we already have a seat at the Lord’s Table. We don’t hover for handouts. Our office is not for sale! Prophets tell the people the truth about God and humanity. We declare like Amos, “Hear ye the word of the Lord.” Prophets put God before government and Christ before culture. You are either a puppet or a prophet. You line up with Amaziah or Amos.
I don’t need an invitation to the White House or the Pentagon. Ask me why – because I have already been briefed! If haven’t talked to General Petraeus about the conditions on the ground, but I have been briefed. I don’t have an open line to the President but I have been briefed. I haven’t been to the Situation Room, but I have been to the Upper Room. It is a room higher than any on Capitol Hill or Pennsylvania Avenue. I’m not the only one. You too have been there. It’s a room that God established, Jesus presides over and the Holy Ghost fills.
The briefing session began with these words, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” We’ve been briefed; …evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse. We’ve been briefed: …men shall become lovers of themselves; lovers of pleasure more than God. We’ve been briefed: …there will be earthquakes in divers places. We’ve been briefed: …the earth shall melt with fervent heat. We’ve been briefed: the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. We’ve been briefed: … and he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. We’ve been briefed: … and I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away. Arise, Prophet and put a puppet out of business!
Father, let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Grant unto your servant boldnesss that I may declare your Word. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Amos, Matt. 24:3-35; Luke 21: 5-33; Mark 13; Rom. 1-18-32; 2 Tim. 3:1-9,13; Rev. 20:7-10; Rev. 21:1-8