The problem is that most of the so-called priests and the ministers of the Lord are NOT doing their duties to God
So let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, perform their priestly, sacrificial, and intercessory duties in the House of God!
The problem is that most of the so-called priests and the ministers of the Lord are NOT doing their duties to God and for His people as they should be doing between "the porch and the altar". Instead, they are practicing idolatry and teaching the traditions of men. Here is what the watchman, Ezekiel, saw (even fore-saw in our day, for it was a vision!):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?
The following practice by the undisciplined in God's Word is directly associated with Ishtar worship which is idolatry and a "great abomination" to God!Ezekiel 8:15
Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.
But if the priests DO "sanctify the congregation" and the people DO return unto Him (as per Joel 2:12-14) THEN the LORD will be zealous, i.e. quickly turn, and have compassion on His people. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
Hum! Does this sound like a Easter sunrise service!
Joel 2:17 and 18 sum up the concluding words of the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32 which the OVERCOMERS of Satan and his locust army will be singing at the victory celebration as recorded by John in Rev. 15:Joel 2:18
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
This is exactly what Joel 2:21 says: "Be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things." Yes, upon repentance, when His people turn to Him with all their heart and mind and soul and ask for forgiveness and His grace, He will then turn ZEALOUSLY (Oh how happy it makes our Father!) and He will pour out His blessings abundantly AND remove the locust army from off your back!Rev. 15:2
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
You shall have plenty, even in the midst of this great locust army.Joel 2:19
Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:
The northern army is the gnawing, swarming, devouring, all consuming locust army of Joel 1:4! You see, locusts do not even dwell in, nor migrate to, the north from which the locust army comes and "does great things", i.e. spiritually desolates the land. But you who have heeded the warning of the Trumpet of Grace (#5) have NOTHING to fear even when the 6th Trumpet sounds, but only to be glad and to rejoice, for the LORD will do "Great and Marvellous Works" (Rev. 15:3) during that trump, even as He now does a great and marvelous thing. But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.
In fact, as we shall learn, the LORD will even do great and marvelous works through His sons and daughters in these last days, for the Holy Spirit will speak through them and they shall give HIS testimony before Satan and his locust army in view of a worldwide audience, i.e. before people of every nation and tongue as they did in Acts chapter 2, only GREATER! (That is now possible in this final generation with the advent of worldwide satellite TV!) Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.
The great things HE will do are even as follows. It is His promise!
Where do you spiritually dwell right now?Joel 2:22
Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
Again, the Song of Moses which the overcomers sing, declares the RAIN in this final generation. Do you know that song? If not, how will you be able to sing it? Just asking! (This does not mean you have to memorize it, but rather to know what it says.) Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
His Word, His Truth, IS that RAIN, both the former rain which causes the tender herb to germinate, and the latter rain which matures the crop for harvest.(Remember from the entomology of the locust that it is lots of RAIN that causes the locusts to swarm!)Here is part of it:
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
The word "publish" is "qara" in Hebrew and it means to "proclaim" or "herald" just as the word "kerusso" does in Greek. Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
published = êçñýóóùkeôrussoôkay-roos'-so
Of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel):—preach (-er), proclaim, publish.
And how will the gospel be proclaimed among all nations? By a great and marvelous work! Haven't you read what Jesus Christ said?Mark 13:10
And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
He went to the Father and sent His Spirit which, as Peter declared when he quoted JO-EL, shall be poured out (even is poured out) upon His servants and His handmaids in this final generation! We will read more about that POURING RAIN, i.e. pouring out of His Spirit, in our next study!John 14:12
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
The subject Jesus Christ is addressing is "the works" of those that believe on Him and who seek to serve Him, in His name, i.e. according to His Word "that Yahveh may be glorified in Yeshua".If you are one who believes in Him after this manner, then He will breathe the breath of eternal life in you (His son or daughter and NOW His servant or His handmaiden) and THROUGH YOU His Trumpet of Grace with the accompanying Warning that the 6th Trumpet is about** to sound will be heard Blowing! (**Or has sounded, i.e. at the time of the delivering up before Satan, the false-christ.) Yes, Great and Marvelous are His works!! Do you want to be a part of that great and marvelous work? And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
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