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BARUCH
CHAPTER 35.
1. And I, Baruch, went into the holy place, sat down, wept amidst the ruins, and said:
2. Eyes ! Be as springs, and Eyelids! become a fount of tears. 
3. For how can I cry for Zion, and how can I mourn for Jerusalem?
4. For in the place I now sit, the high priests of the past would offer sacrifices, and offer incense of fragrance.
5. Our glorying of the past, is now dust; and the hopes we had then, are now sand.
 
Baruch wept at the judgment time.  Yet many in our congregations want to laugh throughout the services. God is calling for a time of weeping.  The Scriptures predicts this call for the last days:
Joel 1:13
Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar:  come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God."
Joel 2:12,13,15
"Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for He is gracious, and merciful, slow  to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth Him of the evil... Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly."
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?"

Some may question, 'Why weep and lament?'  Sometimes we don't understand our God, and His ways.  For instance, Jesus - after what we call the "triumphal entry" on Palm Sunday, went to a hillside near Jerusalem and wept.  Others thought that the day had been triumphant, but Jesus knew what was about to happen. He wept for the hypocrisy, for the instability of mankind, for the soon-to-come deception, and for the betrayal by one of His disciples. We should heed God's advice that during the last days there is supposed to go out a call for the people to weep and lament.

REASONS TO WEEP IN THE LAST DAYS!

1. WEEP BECAUSE SOME HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP SPIRITUALLY.

Joel 1:5
"Awake ye drunkards, and weep:  and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth."

There are many who have turned to the world's escape of drinking, drugs, cares of life, pleasures of distraction, etc.  Many Christians have been entrapped with these methods of making them insensitive to the problems of the day. Some think that if their drugs are prescriptions given by a doctor, then it is all right. Yet, they are not useful to the Holy Spirit in these last days, because they are dulled from reality by these escapes.  They should have chosen to be drunk with the "new wine", i. e. the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:18
"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit."

2. WEEP BECAUSE PLAGUES HAVE DEVASTATED GOD'S PEOPLE

Joel 1:4
"That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten;  and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten."

Joel 2:25
"And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you."

Locusts are the type used here to refer to the plagues, and judgmental destruction allowed by God to come to a rebellious people.

Christians of the last days have seen plagues also swarm upon them, but God is about to restore what these plagues have destroyed. It is time for the people to weep over the plagues of destruction. God is calling for a weeping time.

3. WEEP FOR DESTRUCTION IS ON THE HORIZON

Joel 1:6-7
"For a nation is come up upon the land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.  He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white."

Just as Israel is seeing its foes quickly grasp great destructive  power, so the Christians of the last day are seeing its foes also grasp power very quickly.  Abortion (child murdering) opponents are grasping every avenue of power and threatening the security of pro-life people.  Homosexuals are targeting Christian ministries.  New Age opponents are quickly gaining power.  The political scene is changing rapidly, and we must weep before the Lord.  The call is being made by God, and we cannot afford to ignore it.

4. WEEP BECAUSE THE MEAT OFFERING AND THE DRINK OFFERING ARE CUT OFF

Joel 1:9
"The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the Lord: the priests and the ministers mourn."
Joel 1:13
"...meat offering and drink offering is withholden from the house of your God."
Joel 1:16
"...meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God."
Joel 2:14
"Who knoweth if He will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind Him, even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God."

The meat and the drink offering acknowledged gratefulness to God for forgiveness, and acknowledged that one owed everything to God. They were thank offerings to God for blessings. These offerings were called "free will offerings" (Numbers 29:39).

Christians have forgotten that the forgiveness of their sins was entirely grace. Too many have begun to look at their contributions to the organization, and to their good works for others - as the reason they are saved and blessed. They have forgotten that they are saved entirely by grace, and that no good work or contribution has ever made God obligated to anyone. The congregations, the Christians need to weep before the Lord for this horrible oversight. 

5. WEEP BECAUSE THE HARVEST IS PERISHED

Joel 1:10-11
"The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen: Howl, O ye vine dressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished."
Joel 1:17-20
"The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. How do the beasts groan!  The herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of the sheep are made desolate. O Lord, to thee will I cry; for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beast of the field cry also unto Thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness."

Yes, the Christian community should be ashamed.  With the Word of God, with the latter rain revival, with the fruit of the Spirit, with the many powerful gifts of the Spirit, and still, where is the harvest?  Look at  congregations today, they argue over the color of the carpet, or they will debate the brick to use on their new building. They abuse the little ones of the Lord. They still chase out of the congregation anyone who wants to see revival and weeping repentance. They try to decide who should attend their "church" by how they dress, where they live, what car they drive, and what prestige they add to the congregation.
       
The Lord wanted us to bring forth a great harvest for Him.  He wanted the same thing of Israel, but finally cut them off the vine because they yielded no harvest.  The church of today is offering little of a harvest to God. Many congregations are void of truth, false doctrines pervade many buildings called "churches." 
  
Churches argue, split, prevaricate about each other, gossip, criticize, etc.  The rapture of the church is near, and they live as though the church is little more than a social club. While many churches are building gymnasiums, the hungry and needy are only a short distance away, forgotten.  For this we should WEEP!

6. WEEP BECAUSE THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND

Joel 1:15
"Alas, for the day!  for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come."
Joel 2:1
"Blow ye 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 cometh, for it is nigh at hand."

Surely, the church of today needs to "tremble" for the day of the Lord is very near, and the church and  the world are still unprepared. Time has run out!  Many have played church, and now the harvest time is almost gone!  Like the five foolish virgins, many are unprepared for what is about to happen.  Like the five wise virgins, who- though prepared with enough oil, fell asleep like the five foolish virgins did.  All 10 virgins slept  The church has slept in these last days. Souls have perished. Time has been wasted. The congregations need to weep... weep... weep!

7. WEEP BECAUSE OF THE REPROACH UPON GOD'S PEOPLE
 
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 Christians need to weep because of the terrible reproach upon us as Christians.  When many invite someone to their church, the common response is - 'NO! there are too many hypocrites there!'  The problem is, they are right!  There are a great many hypocrites, spiritual abusers, liars, perverts, false prophets, etc within many congregations.
 
8. WEEP BECAUSE GOD WANTS TO DO GREAT THINGS, BUT IS UNABLE TO DO THEM UNLESS WE WEEP AND CRY OUT

Joel 2:21
"... for the Lord will do great things."
Joel 2:23
"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."
Joel 2:24-26
"... the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.  And I will restore unto you all the years that the locusts have eaten...ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord you God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and My people shall never be ashamed."

These promises are given to those who fulfill the commandment of the Lord to WEEP, LAMENT, FAST, AND CRY OUT TO GOD. There is coming a day when the destruction, the desolation, the shame, the reproach, the  sadness, the plagues, the fruitlessness will cease. The time of the cessation of these things is when the Christians may cease to heed God's command to WEEP!

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