Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
The voice of Jesus called to John. His response was two fold; John had to “turn” and “see.” God’s voice was like a trumpet; it was loud and alarming. Usually when the Lord is speaking to us like a trumpet He is wanting us to pause business as usual (turn) and give him our full attention (see). Though I do believe the testimony of believers hearing the audible voice of God, this is not the experience of most. Usually He speaks through His word, the internal witness of the Holy Spirit, and through circumstances in the physical world around us. When the regular rhythms of life are disrupted and/or we experience an alarm in our spirit; the Lord is wanting our undivided attention.
He speaks to us individually and corporately. He warns His people of coming judgement and crisis that we may be able to respond. Often times it is a call to turn from sin and compromise towards God in repentance.
Blow 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 is coming,
For it is at hand: (Joel 2:1)
“Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
13 So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
14 Who knows if He will turn and relent,
And leave a blessing behind Him—
A grain offering and a drink offering
For the Lord your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
16 Gather the people,
Sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and nursing babes;
Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
And the bride from her dressing room. (Joel 2:12-16)
I believe that the biggest issue in our nation is resting in the hands of His Church. We have turned from the knowledge of God; giving our God given authority over to demonic principalities through sin and compromise. Over the years the Lord has been sounding the alarm through shaking and voices of prophets. Yet we seem to be hitting the snooze button and falling back to sleep in the momentary comfort of compromise. We ignore His voice and continue in vain religion that is void of intimacy and power. Much like in Joel’s day; God has been shaking our nation to get our attention that we may turn to Him in repentance. He sees the eternal fate of souls and is too zealous to leave people dead in their sin. He longs to show compassion and delights in mercy. He yearns to send revival in partnership with His people.
I am encouraged to see pockets of the church waking up and I am believing God for a mass awakening across the nation in this hour of history. He is with us and for us in this! The first thing that John saw was the 7 golden lamp stands, which later is revealed to be the 7 churches. God is in the midst of His Church helping her to step into her identity. Before Christ returns, His church will be that pure and spotless bride seen at the end of Revelation. Jesus is a good leader. We can trust Him.
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Zack Roberts — zackroberts.blog
Prayer Director at Ember