Calling For A Solemn Assembly

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July, 2007

As we prepare for the coming Day of the Lord…what is the position we must take as endtime spiritual warriors? God does not want us to sit back with our hands folded. He does not want us to become so caught up with the cares and worries of this life, that we fail to see the signs of Christ’s coming… that we fail to prepare… that we fail to warn those around us before it’s too late.

At the time the wrath of God is poured out upon the earth, there will be no more pleading with men to repent… no more opportunities… no more intercession.

The Spirit of God is sounding an alarm throughout the earth, gathering together mighty endtime spiritual warriors who will “blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm”

In our churches today we rejoice, clap our hands and dance as we sing: “Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion, Sound the alarm on my holy mountain; Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion, Sound the alarm.” But, the sounding of the trumpet is not a call to rejoicing… it is calling together a solemn assembly. As we see the day of the Lord dawning near, we must sound the alarm and pick up our weapon of prayer and begin to intercede.

God instructed Moses to make two silver trumpets, which were to be blown by Aaron and the priests to call together an assembly of the people. – Numbers 10: 1-10

Today God is calling His end-time “ministers”… you and me to blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly. – Joel 12:15

The children of Israel were facing the greatest natural disaster that had ever come upon their nation or plague of locust had invaded the land stripping the vines, the fig trees, and all the fruits of the ground. There was a great drought throughout the land that had dried up the rivers, had parched the ground and destroyed the pastures where the livestock grazed.

The prophet Joel saw this great devastation a judgment from God for the sin that had been committed in the nation of Israel. He instructed the priests to blow the trumpets gathering the people together to fast, to pray, to repent, to weep and mourn so they would be able to escape the wrath of God and prepare for the day of judgment. – Joel 2:12-17

When the priests blew the trumpet calling the people together, not a person was to be absent, the old… the young… children… mothers with infants at their breast… the bride… groom and bride on their wedding day, were all required to assemble together before the altar. – Joel 12:16 

The priests, instead of wearing their white priestly robes with brightly colored sashes, were clothed in black goat’s hair, sackcloth, twisted around them and bound with a rough girdle of the same material which they never unbound night or day.

Instead of their usual position on the steps and platform of the altar, priests turned their backs to the altar and lay prostrate on their faces facing the invisible presence within the sanctuary.

Instead of the hymns and music that normally accompanies their prayers, nothing could be heard except the sobs, the passionate cries for mercy, the loud, high pitched “howls” of the people and priests as they repented and mourned for their sins… as the priests beat their breast and cried out, “Spare the people O Lord.”

Joel saw into the future, beyond this great devastation that God had brought upon the land of Israel, to the great Day of the Lord. He said, “Alas for the day; for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.” – Joel 1:15

In this prophecy concerning the Day of the Lord, we can clearly see our position as endtime spiritual warriors. Look at Joel 2:17, “Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, spare thy people O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them; wherefore should they say among the people, where is their God?”

As the Day of the Lord draws near, our position is… between the porch and the altar in prayer! Our position as entime spiritual warriors is on our faces before God.. weeping, mourning, travailing, interceding. The Spirit of God is calling His people first to repentance, then to intercession. By His Spirit, He is saying: “Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests; howl, ye ministers of the altar; come, lie all night in sackcloth ye ministers of my God”. – Joel 1:12

In the midst of this crooked and perverse generation that is ravaged by every form of sin, violence and moral degradation, God is calling His people to repentance. He is calling pastors, evangelists and Christian leaders and endtime spiritual warriors, like yourself, to lead the people of God in confessing and forsaking sin that they have allowed to come into their midst. He is calling us first to humble ourselves in fasting and prayer…confessing and turning from our sins. At the dedication of the Temple, God told Solomon: “If my people, which are called by my Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my Face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

After the “priests, pastors, evangelist, Christian leaders, endtime spiritual warriors, like yourself… have set themselves apart in times of fasting and prayer, confessing and repenting their sins, they are to call together the people of God to fast and pray. We are to: “Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the House of the Lord your God and cry unto the Lord” – Joel 1:14

Pastors and evangelists must begin to call the people together for a “solemn assembly”. This does not mean there should not be times of praise and rejoicing, but that there should also be specific times set aside by Christian leaders to fast, to travail, to weep and mourn for the sins of the people. God’s people must unite together in praying crying out with one voice, ‘Spare the people O Lord’.

Today the church has entered into a new dimension of praise and worship. There is rejoicing, singing and dancing we are seeing a greater freedom of the moving of the gifts of the Spirit. This is good and necessary. There is nothing that I enjoy more than joining together with my brothers and sisters in worship in the presence of God, however, it is prayer and repentance among God’s people that is the real key to the release of the great outpouring of His Spirit in these last days.

As the body of Christ unites together in prayer…

“Then will the Lord be jealous for His land, and pity His people.” – Joel 12:18

“There will he hear from Heaven and will forgive and heal our land.” – Joel 2:23

Then will come times of rejoicing… – Joel 2:23

Then will come restoration… – Joel 2:25

Then will come blessing… – Joel 2:26

Then will come an outpouring of His Spirit… – Joel 2:28

-Amen

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