The Tempter Part Two

The woman saw it was five o clock and time to go home from work. She remembered it was just a few weeks ago when God had shown her all the evil in the world. She shuddered at thinking about the fog she saw and had walked in, and all those people walking within the fog, all walking the same way down the road going against God.

Getting to the ground floor of the building she worked in she saw the clear blue sky and the sun going down over the rooftops ahead of her. She knew the fog was there, the evil was there as well, but she could not see the fog as she walked home. She could however see the evil in the world by watching people on the street or worse, watching the news on tv at night.

Reaching her apartment she climbed the steps to her apartment and got her mail as she passed the mailbox. Opening the door to her apartment she looked quickly at the mail in her hand as she stopped at the kitchen table. One piece of mail caught her attention. The letter was from the pastor at her church; putting the rest down on the table she opened it. In the letter her pastor told her of an event the church was going to host this next Sunday and that she was invited to go.

Her pastor said the topic the guest speakers were going to talk about was on how the pastors of all faiths were working hard to bring all people closer to God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Her pastor spoke of great men of many churches coming to talk in his little church and he thought it would be very inspiring to hear.

He wrote and said he was surprised these men of God would want to come to his little church and talk to his congregation this Sunday so he accepted the offer. In the letter he told her he had never heard of most of these men before and the few he had heard of he knew almost nothing about. But, he said they are all good men of God doing God’s work, so it should be a great experience for us all.

The woman spent the rest of the week going to work and doing the things she had done every day of her life. She did however feel the event at her church this Sunday wasn’t going to workout the way her pastor thought it would. Something was telling her this was going to be trouble, and she was to witness what was to happen.

Sunday morning came and the woman woke with a jolt like someone was shaking her. Looking around she saw nothing wrong and relaxed a little. Thinking that was odd she got ready for the day. At 9:30 she headed for the door of her apartment, looking forward to the event the church was going to host today and of course today’s Sunday service afterwards.

Reaching for the door handle she heard a comforting familiar voice in her head, God was speaking to her again. “I will show you more of the evil on the earth this day and how it is attacking the church, my flock, and Me. How this evil within the church is taking the flock from Me by deception and lies. Showing themselves as shepherds of the flock they lead the flock away from Me, in My name. You will see the fog of chaos and confusion coming from their very mouths as they speak lies! I have put this chaos and confusion on the earth to punish the liars and those who would listen to the lies.”

You will be safe, as you were two weeks ago. You will be safe within the fog this Sabbath day to come, as you have the Holy Spirit within you to guide you and protect you. Witness the lies and poison those that speak in My name will tell My flock in a building made to worship Me.”

Witness also those who consider themselves My flock and witness them as they listen to the lies of these men and not My words, witness and see those who consider themselves My flock as they listen and believe the evil and poison spoken to them. “

Witness the fog, but know this fog of chaos and confusion I have put upon the earth will change to smoke. Yet they will not know this smoke proceedeth the fire of My righteous Judgment! This fire will come quickly upon the judged. The fire will purge the earth of all evil, and will come on the day of wrath, the day of the Lord.

I want you to read the book of Zephaniah in the King James Bible. I have shownZephaniah, My servant and Prophet in his day ,the visions written down in the book of Zephaniah that tell all who will hear, of the day when I will bring fiery judgment upon the world. 

Zephaniah Chapter 1:The word of the Lord which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord.

I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Lord.

I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarim with the priests;

And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham;

And them that are turned back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired for him.

Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.

And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.

Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.

And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil.

Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

Zephaniah Chapter 2: Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;

Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you.

Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.

For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the Lord is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the Lord their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.

I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.

Therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.

This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts.

The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.

Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds; for he shall uncover the cedar work.

This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.

Zephaniah Chapter 3: Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.

Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.

I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.

From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.

I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.

The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.

At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.”

End of Zephaniah.

The woman, standing in shock, stood rigid for what seemed a long time. Coming out of the shock she looked to see just a few minutes had passed. Afraid but trusting in the Lord she got ready to go to the church. As she opened the front door she looked out at the street, surprised things looked normal, the sun shown down on her, people walked the streets and she could see no fog.

Walking the few blocks to her church she could see her pastor out front. There was a large group of people gathered around the front of the little church. And as she got closer to the church the sun faded and she looked up to see heavy clouds forming high above them.

The pastor walked quickly up to her and said with a troubled voice, “I’m glad to see a friendly face this morning. This is terrible, these men are saying very bad things already and the speakers haven’t even started their lecture.” He looked around and added, “Look at all those strange people over there waiting to go in and hear what those men have to say in my church. I’ve been praying to God to forgive me for being so deceived by these men.”

The woman hugged the pastor and said in a low voice, “God knows what is going on here and things will work out for the righteous in Christ today.” She went on to tell him of what had happened to her a few weeks ago and what God had told her this morning. The pastor turned pale and just looked at her. “I had no idea things were this bad” the pastor said sadly. “I guess I’ve been fooling myself, and now I see the truth.”

The woman said with a faint smile, “I don’t think you’ve seen anything yet! I know God is going to show us the truth, He is going to literally show us!” Nodding his head the pastor said, “I guess we should go in.” As they walked up to the doors leading in they met their friend. She was told of what was going on and what was going to happen.

Opening the door, they walked in not knowing what to expect. A large man stepped in front of them and asked, “Were you invited to this lecture? “The pastor spoke up louder then he wanted to saying, “I am the pastor here and I and my friends don’t need an invitation.” Then he thought, come to think of it, I know one doesn’t need an invitation to the house of God! The man in front of them laughed and said, “Well today anyone coming in here needs an invitation, but you and your friends can go in. Just don’t start any trouble.” He moved aside and watched as they passed him. The woman saw the pastor was mad and said to him, “Pastor trust me, you want no part of what is going to happen here today. God told me, we are to witness what will happen here today, nothing more.”

That seemed to calm him down and he began to relax, saying “This is truly in God’s hands.”They sat right up front in the first row center, bravely wanting to see and hear everything, they were going to be good witnesses, they said to each other as they sat down, this is where God wants us to be.

A man came out of nowhere and looked at the three and said, “I’m the usher of this church and you can’t sit here. This is reserved for the guest speakers that are just now arriving.” The pastor looked at the man and said with a smile, “You, sir, are wrong on two things. One, you are not an usher of my church, and two, God has reserved these seats for us and we are not moving.” The man looked around as if looking for someone to tell him what to do.

His eyes narrowed and he said, “How do you know I’m not an usher here?” The pastor looked up at him and said “I sir, am the pastor here, this is my church, I am God’s shepherd here, and I know I have never seen you before this minute. You sir, are lying here before God in his house! “

The man looked at them a moment and turned away seeing the guest speakers coming down the isle. The man glared at the three as he sat the speakers all around them.

As the room filled the three listened as the men around them talked. They heard some of them talking about business deals they were involved in and some talked about how they were making lots of money writing religious books and lecturing on the true word of god and how they could help people find god.

They talked of who had the biggest jet, and who had the most cars. One man boasted of how he was building a castle for himself on his private island. Yes, it seemed life was very good for these men, as the pastor sat looking around him. The small church was full and a man the pastor never saw before walked up to the pulpit and welcomed everyone and started to introduce the first speaker.

The pastor shook his head and said to no one in particular, ‘no respect for God, no prayer, no nothing. “The pastor began to pray in silence to himself. He was brought out of his prayers by people clapping and whistling as the first speaker stepped up to the pulpit.

The man waited as the noise died down and begun to speak. “My good friends thank you for coming to this place, a place like this is where we can find ourselves and get closer to the god within us.”

As the man continued the three witnesses saw fog coming out of the man’s mouth. The fog poured out of his mouth and fell to the floor and spread out along the floor to the walls of the church. As one speaker finished another would start. The fog grew higher and higher and soon the witnesses couldn’t see anything at all. Even when the three held their hands up in front of their eyes they couldn’t see their hands, it was that thick.

The fog in the church made the words these men were speaking sound strange and the witnesses couldn’t make any sense of what they were saying, like they were speaking a foreign language. The crowd in the church clapped and whistled as the lecture continued. The woman looked over to the pastor and said, “They”, waving her hand around her, “seem to understand all this and what’s being said.” The pastor nodded and said “yes it seems they speak a language all their own.”

Finally it seemed to be over and the people got up to leave. The doors to the church opened and the fog inside rolled out into the streets and covered everything as the fog rolled out into the world. In no time the fog was everywhere and the woman told her friends, “this is what I saw two weeks ago on Sunday.”

She guided them out into the street and they saw the people all walking down the road in the same direction as before. The fog swirled around them and what looked like through them just as it did two weeks ago.

The fog of chaos and confusion is the confusion God cursed those living in the world with, and hides the evil and sin they have chosen to live in from each other, the woman explained all this as they watched. People within the fog tried to get them to follow them by threatening them, cursing at them and trying to tempt them to follow them in many ways.

The three were pushed and pulled and surrounded as the unsaved tried to get them to follow them to hell. After seeing enough they went back inside the church. The fog wasn’t as bad in there now that the evil had left the church. The woman told her friends the Lord told her to read the book of Zephaniah to understand what all this is going to lead to.

After saying their goodbyes they decided to make their way home through the fog after praying a prayer of protection over themselves and to thank God for calling them to witness the things they had seen this day. They held a little service before they left as it was the sabbath and God needs to be worshiped on the sabbath.

Finding her way home through the fog the woman went up the steps and into her apartment. Drained, she spent the rest of the evening reading the King Jame Bible and praying to God. She focused on the book of Zephaniah as she read. She prayed for understanding and asked God what she should do with what she witnessed. She wanted to do God’s work and please Him.

She prayed knowing God was angry and time was running out for sinners to get right with Him. She knew they all needed to find their salvation before it was too late. Her last thought before falling asleep was will God show her more, or was this all He wanted her to see?

All glory to God

His humble servant Lee M Buchanan