One recent morning I was awakened early and Holy Spirit urged me to pray. As I was praying Holy Spirit began to show me flowing waters. At first I thought it might be a river but as I watched, my spirit came into knowing this was flood waters. The waters flowed away from me and curved from right to left. The waters carried construction debries and rotten matter of all kinds.
As I watched the word of the Lord came to me saying; “Rushing waters, Rushing waters, Rushing waters.” I did not know what this meant at this time.
A few hours later Holy Spirit spoke to me again saying; “go and read Jeremiah 13.
Jeremiah 13 starts with the Lord telling Jeremiah to go and buy a linen girdle. Once bought he was to put it on and wear it around his middle without washing it first. He was then instructed to go to the river Euphrates and hide the linen girdle in the cleft of a rock by the shore.
“1 -2 God told me, “Go and buy yourself some linen shorts. Put them on and keep them on. Don’t even take them off to wash them.” So I bought the shorts as God directed and put them on. 3 -5 then God told me, “Take the shorts that you bought and go straight to Perath and hide them there in a crack in the rock.” So I did what God told me and hid them at Perath.
6 -7 next, after quite a long time, God told me, “Go back to Perath and get the linen shorts I told you to hide there.” So I went back to Perath and dug them out of the place where I had hidden them. The shorts by then had rotted and were worthless.
8 -9 God explained, “This is the way I am going to ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem—a wicked bunch of people who won’t obey me, who do only what they want to do, who chase after all kinds of no-gods and worship them.” (Jeremiah 13: 1-9, The Message)
Just like the Judah of old, the modern church is represented by the linen girdle. It was put on and worn without being washed. Once secure the church was removed from Him who bought it and was hidden away in the cleft of the rock (representing the church hiding in religion). After many days the church was pulled out, and upon examination, found to be “decayed and spoiled”, it is good for nothing.
“10 -11 They’re going to turn out as rotten as these old shorts. Just as shorts clothe and protect, so I kept the whole family of Israel under my care”—God’s Decree—”so that everyone could see they were my people, a people I could show off to the world and be proud of. But they refused to do a thing I said.” (Jeremiah 13: 10, The Message)
The church today is refusing to hear the words of the Lord, they are walking in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after the gods of ;political correctness, social culture, replacement theology, etc, to worship them and make themselves like this girdle which is profitable for nothing.
“15 -17 Then I said, Listen. Listen carefully: Don’t stay stuck in your ways! It’s God’s Message we’re dealing with here. Let your lives glow bright before God before he turns out the lights, Before you trip and fall on the dark mountain paths. The light you always took for granted will go out and the world will turn black. If you people won’t listen, I’ll go off by myself and weep over you, Weep because of your stubborn arrogance, bitter, bitter tears, Rivers of tears from my eyes, because God’s sheep will end up in exile.” (Jeremiah 13: 15-17 The Message)
The pride of the modern church has caused God to weep secretly. Without a shift from their present path, the mountains, (representing the promise to the church), which are now twilit, will be plunged into complete darkness. The tears of a loving god turned to a torrent. Rushing waters carrying away the decay and the construction materials that were used to build the modern church. These materials now useless, as they are impregnated with the concrete of the world destroying the very fiber and grain that is her beauty.
God says: “Turn back! Humble yourselves and I will come and heal your land, before the evil empires of the north and east come and take you captive.”
“I long,” says the Lord, “to hold you once again. To feel your warmth and smell the incense of your praise. To bask in your worship. Not a worship of emotions and self serving activity. A worship of sweet consummation of love born out of adoration and unity with me.
Return to the place where you were found. There you will find me, waiting with open arms and gifts to lavish the bride of my choosing.”