Wrong Worship

The LORD revealed by HIS Spirit of Truth, how HIS church
became a corrupt seed.

The Corrupt seed

Because of this corrupt reproduction in the nature of men, God spoke by HIS Word through HIS servant and prophet Isaiah and said, "Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: [but] Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

"Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head [there is] no soundness in it; [but] wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Your country [is] desolate, your cities [are] burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and [it is] desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

"And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, [and] we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose [is] the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

"When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear [them]. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

"Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].

"How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: Thy princes [are] rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them. Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners [shall be] together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

"For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen. For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water. And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench [them]" (Isaiah 1:2-31).

From the Word of the LORD through His servant Isaiah, the difference between false worship and true worship has been revealed.

False Worshipers - (Adore evil)
  • They rebell against God
  • They don't know the LORD
  • They are a sinful nation
  • They are laden with iniquity
  • They are a seed of evildoers
  • They are childern who corrupt others
  • They forsake the LORD
  • They provoke the Holy One
  • They've gone away backward
  • They are stricken more and More
  • They revolt more and more
  • They sacrifice animals unto the LORD
  • They present vain gifts, and incense unto God
  • They call for assemblies on new moons and sabbaths
  • Their appointed feast, the LORD'S Soul rejects
  • Their spread hands full of blood in prayer, the LORD will not see
  • Their many prayers, the LORD will not hear.
  • They were a faithful city that became a harlot
  • The city was full of judgment and righteousness, but now murderers
  • Their silver is become dross
  • Their wine mixed with water
  • Their princes are rebellious, and have become companions of thieves
  • They love gifts, and follow after rewards
  • They judge not the fatherless, neither do the cause of the widow come unto them
  • They are viewed by the LORD as adversaries and enemies
  • They that forsake the LORD shall be consumed with the transgressors and the sinners
True Worshipers - (Adore truth)
  • They will receive nourishment from the LORD that they might know HIM
  • They will hear the Word of the LORD
  • They will give ear unto the Law of God
  • They will wash themselves, and make themselves clean
  • They will turn away from doing their evil deeds before the eyes of the LORD
  • They will cease to do evil
  • They will learn to do well
  • They will seek Judgment
  • They will relieve the oppressed, and judge the fatherless
  • They will plead for the widow
  • They will learn to reason together with the LORD
  • Though their sins were as scarlet, they shall be white as snow
  • Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool
  • If they are willing and obedient, they shall eat the good of the land
  • If they refuse and rebel, they shall be devoured with the sword
  • If they are faithful, they shall be full of Judgment and righteousness
  • They shall judge the fatherless and the cause of the widow who comes to them,
    because the LORD shall restore to them the judges as at the first
  • They shall be counsellors as at the beginning
  • They shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city
  • Zion shall be redeemed with judgment and her converts with righteousness

Through Isaiah, the LORD said by HIS Word, "Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand. The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet: And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

"In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate. But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts. For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This [is] the rest [wherewith] ye may cause the weary to rest; and this [is] the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

"Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which [is] in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner [stone], a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

"Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only [to] understand the report.

"For the bed is shorter than that [a man] can stretch himself [on it]: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself [in it]. For the LORD shall rise up as [in] mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as [in] the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.

"Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth. Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech. Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground? When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place? For his God doth instruct him to discretion, [and] doth teach him.

"For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod. Bread [corn] is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break [it with] the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it [with] his horsemen. This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, [which] is wonderful in counsel, [and] excellent in working" (Isaiah 28:1-29).

Notice that the LORD revealed through HIS servant Isaiah that HE has a mighty and strong One, Which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm and as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to earth with the hand, the Crown of Pride and the drunkards of Ephraim. They shall be trodden under feet and the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower.

The LORD has revealed that in that day when these things are done, it will be because the LORD of hosts will be for a CROWN OF GLORY, and for a Diadem of Beauty unto the residue of HIS people, and for a Spirit of Judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for Strength to them that turn the battle to the gate. It is by the CROWN OF GLORY and the Diadem of Beauty that HIS people would cast downd to earth the Crown of Pride and tread them under their feet, or become overcomers by the Spirit of God.

But, as LORD has said even the priest and the prophet have also erred through wine. They have gone out of the Way through strong drink. They have erred in vision and have stumbled in judgment, because they did not trust the Spirit of the LORD to be their Guide. They did not rely on Him for their Strength. For this reason, they were overcome by the Crown of Pride and became drunkards. All the tables used for feeding the people with the Nourishment of the LORD, were full of corrupt teachings, to the point that there were no place clean.

Could this be happening in our churches today? Are there leaders in our churches that are not relying on the LORD for HIS Spirit of Truth? Are they not relying on HIM for HIS Judgment? Are they not relying on HIM for HIS Strength that they might overcome the Crown of Pride with HIS CROWN of GLORY? Could the LORD be saying "Woe to us", as HE said to the church of old?

Through HIS servant Isaiah, the LORD said by HIS Word, "Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices. Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel. And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.

"Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly. Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.

"It shall even be as when an hungry [man] dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, [he is] faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion. Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.

"And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which [men] deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it [is] sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

"Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, [even] a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise [men] shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent [men] shall be hid. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

"[Is] it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest? And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase [their] joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.

"Therefore thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale. But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine" (Isaiah 29:1-24).

Notice that the LORD revealed through HIS servant Isaiah that the people drew near to HIM with their mouth, and with their lips they did honour HIM, but they had removed their heart far from HIM, and their fear toward HIM was being taught by the precepts of men. And because of this, the leaders have stumbled in judgment and have corrupted those around them with their understanding of the Word of God.

But once the Crown of Pride is overcome, even those who have erred in Spirit, they shall come to understand the Truth, and those that murmured shall learn the doctrine of God.

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