Top To Bottom, No — Bottom To Top,Yes

“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion and sound and alarm
in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the
land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it
is nigh at hand.”        Joel 2:1.

MAGNA CARTA KING JOHN

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On June 15, 1215 a wonderful thing happened in a place in Southern England that set the tone for now 800 years. The place was Rennymede when the barons, dukes and land owners came together and told King John sign this document. It was early in the morning when the leaders and church leaders gathered and informed the unpopular I John to sign this document.

True it mainly dealt with the right of the leaders below the King but it set a pattern that we hopefully believe. The rule was/is government be more than the arbitrarily rule of any man. The law is/was above the King. No one should rule by divine right. No person should be above the law. Politicians of today should know this. The law is supreme. This document is named the Magna Carta.      

If time and space permitted it we could write about the characters who were instrumental in preserving the right of the law of kings. One was Stephen Langton. He stood against King John and the Pope. He was a priest. He was an Archbishop.

The leaders of this day should never forget the divine right of politicians and priests and rich men is gone. No person has the right to tell me what to do. We need the law but never the right to control you and I what they want to do to each person.

That short, concise document has been the foundation of principles which no man or people could ever have foreseen. This should be true today also that such men as the muslim leaning occupant of the White House must be called to task for his hateful lies he tells the American people. The Presidency does not give almighty power.

 

APPLIES TODAY

As Christians we are called upon to “Blow ye the trumpet”.  The book of Joel in 2:1 was a warning to the Jews to follow the law.

“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain:
let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh,
for it is nigh at hand.”

The law that God informed Moses on Mt. Sinai is still the law. It is not some concoction that a man or men created to rule but it was the frame work how we are to obey God as well as to associate with our fellow men.

There is a serious problem when men obtain control over others. Always it is the same. Those who obtain power start to use it as a means to suppress their fellow humans. Then next it is to disallow looking into their activities. Secrecy is the rule of the day.

Jesus Christ was very open in what he said and what He did. The Son of God when accused said something no one could deny. The author Luke 19:47 tells us this fact.

“And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes
and the chief of the people sought to destroy him.”

When the truth is told then the leaders take destructive action to ignore, poke fun, ridicule and kill the messenger. Jesus was the recipient of this action.

The United States in the past 60 years has done this sort of thing to anyone who criticized the leadership who were not patriots. Between 1945-2001, our government intervened about 70 times in different countries. It was always said to be supporting a democracy but really were supporting a dictator. The United States had a special school to train people how to torture and kill people. It was located in the Southeastern part of the United States.

No one should ever say your author is opposed to the military. I served in the United States Army and went to advanced infantry school at Ft. Ord, California. I am not a pacifist. Some wars are necessary. Suppression is not acceptable.

When intervention was inevitable in El Salvador, there was a Roman Catholic priest whose name was Romero. He was called the Voice of the Voiceless who Jimmy Carter wrote a letter to the Pope about. Of course he had to be stopped. He was. Murdered.

It seems in this country Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham may be the voice for God. He opposes queers, same sex marriage and faggots.

DAY OF DARKNESS

It always takes time for darkness to come upon a land and a moral decline. Where Joel wrote in 2:2 that he saw what was going to happen. Judah fell just as Joel had predicted. The invaders come. The United States has all ready been invaded by hoards from Mexico. These people have come without any resistance from the government. So it can happen to us in 2015.

The prophet Joel wrote he even told what these people would be like. A description was given to the Jews. Joel 2:3-5 tells us what would happen.

“A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is
as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness;
yea, and nothing shall escape them.”
“The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so
shall they run.”
“Like the noise of charlots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the
noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in
battle array.”

What happened to these Jews was that armies from the north and east attacked them. Finally Alexander the Great arrived and took over without an arrow leaving the bow. As a last insult, the Romans begin to arrive. They ruled with a brute force.

When foreign armies arrive there is a form of destruction.

After WWII, the United States stole goods and scientists. The Russians took the land and raped the German women. The British killed as many as they could. The same happened after WWI but in a different way.

If Christians allow the muslims to tell us what to do there will be blood-shed. Then I suppose that Christianity will need to go underground. The one good thing about it will be the church will stop its silliness. Joel 2:10 states:

“The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun
and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:”

Do not expect the leaders to help in the cleansing process. The title of this blog is Top to Bottom – No: Bottom to Top.  Yes.

Never expect the leaders to help. The decision must come from the people. Their voice must be listened to.

SOLUTIONS

Our Father provides a way out of the predicament we find in the trouble around us. The Sovereign Lord and this for the ancient Jew. A part of the solution can be read in Joel 2:12:

“Therefore also now, saith the Lord, Turn ye even to me with all your heart,
and with fasting, and with weeping and with mourning.”

Here were the rules for obtaining acceptance from God. Simple yes. Easy to do no.

• Turn your heart to God
• Fast
• Weep

This is the beginning only. Repentance is not going in another direction but it means setting aside your stubborn will. It never is enough to say “I am sorry”.  The stubborn will is removed.

Then a denial of food and drink should follow because this is a sign that which we like will not be used. A denial of physical comfort tells God, “For Thee I will sacrifice”.

Weeping or crying states there is sorrow within me. It also tells others how much I wish this could be changed. There is remorse. When there is a change of heart it is not sufficient to tear off ones clothes but what is required is a change of heart. Joel 2:13 tells what actions to take. It also illustrates the qualities of God.

“And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your
God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness,
And repenteth him of the evil.”

The attributes of the Lord are set forth:

Gracious – that is pleasant
• Merciful – that it show pity
• Slow to anger that is- slow in response
• Kind – that is good hearted
• Respectful – will change His mind

When a person approaches God in the right attitude and way there is the assurance God will respond to the repenting person.

HOW TO REPENT

Men in our day do not know what to do. However, in the Old Testament the way to come to be acceptance of God was to go through many acts. There was the offering of animals on the Altars. This was a continual process. This has now changed since Christ came.

It is Acts 4:12 we learn that it is only through Christ that forgiveness comes.

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Is there a procedure for us to go through? The first Gospel Sermon by Peter on the day of Pentecost tells us what must be done in Acts 2:37, 38:

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto
Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do.”
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of the sins, and ye shall received the
gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Joel knew there must be a change in the heart of people. Repentance and a change never comes from a leader. The restoration of your soul does not arise outside of your body but within. This can only happen when the person makes a positive mental decision to state – Enough.
The most practical story is found in Luke 15: 11-32. This is the prodigal son parable.
“We praise Thee, O God! for the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus who died, and is now gone above.
Revive us again; fill each heart with Thy love,
May each soul be rekindled with fire from above.”
                                                                                                      HUSBAND
Gerald Fugit

June 14, 2015

Outline

Top to Bottom – No Bottom to Top – Yes

Joel 2:1 – 32
I. Introduction

A. How to be followed
B. English Background
1. Magna Charta
2. Divine Right of Kings
C. Jesus of Nazareth – open

II. Applies Today
A. Law of Moses
B. Joel 2:1
C. Secrecy
D. Voice of the voiceless

III Day of Darkness
A. Invaded – now
B. Joel 2:3-5
C. Joel 2:10
D. People should change

IV Salvation
A. Joel 2:12 What must be done
B. Joel 2:13
V How to Repent
A. New Testament Way
B. Acts 4:12
C. Acts 2:37,38 procedure
D. Change of heart
E. Luke 15:11-32
F. Individuals must repent

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