Who reads these sermons, these teachings, these exhortations? I have wondered that often. Here, I teach on many subjects, and currently around 2000 to 3000 people come daily to read. I do not know many of them, and often wonder who is reading, listening.
Are the words being useful in their schooling from the Holy Spirit?
Are they rejecting, or agreeing?
Do they feel benefitted or challenged by these teachings?
All ministers wonder such things. We do not do it for ‘praise’ or commendation, but it is natural to not wanting to be wasting our time. Yet, even if we are, we have a command to ‘teach, preach, make disciples to the Lord. So, regardless of the reception of our messages, we continue to speak what the Lord has given us to speak.
THE MESSAGES WE MINISTERS ARE SUPPOSED TO SPEAK
"The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."
God has much that He has desired to tell His saints. He has revealed much in the Word of God that we need to study and learn. There are some things we will not learn until we reach heaven. Yet, even minus that much, there is so much that we will learn if we open our spiritual ears to the Spirit of the Lord.
"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear..."
This statement is found 8 times in the Synoptic gospels. (Matthew 11:15, 13:9, 43; Mark 4:9:23, 7:16; Luke 8:8, 14:35). It shows that the Lord realized that some do not listen to the truth when it is spoken. We find this to be the case many times. To find hearts hungry to hear, is getting rarer and rarer. Some hear the truth, but do not truly hear what is being said. They listen, or seem to be, and yet, they do not truly hear.
In Revelation 2 and 3, we find that Jesus reveals that the Spirit is trying during this church age to speak to the churches. "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches. “ It is found 7 times, once for each of the seven churches, and one for each of the church ages. The Spirit is trying to speak but many do not hear Him, even when He has revealed clearly what He is saying.
The saints in the early church sometimes would use an ear pick, a small tool used to clean ear wax and dirt from the outer ear canal. This was a religious symbol to them. In our day, we use a Q-tip to do a similar thing physically, but these early-rain revival saints did this to symbolize something spiritual.
We must, in this last days, open our ears, clean out the garbage poured into it - by the world, and - by the devil. We need an ear pick, a spiritual Q-tip, to eliminate the false, the perverted, and the sinful trash. The early church was aware of this, but in these last days, too many have forgotten the truth.
The Bible, God's Word, has tried to make it plain and evident how important it is to listen to the Lord, and to keep our spiritual ears from being hindered by the trash of the devil.
The Bible has many warnings for us.
"But they refused to hearken and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in His Spirit by the former prophets: therefore, come a great wrath from the Lord of Hosts. Therefore, it is come to pass, that as he cried they would not hear, saith the Lord of Hosts."
People, even in Christianity today, have made their minds as a hard stone, shutting out the Word of the Lord. The message of the prophets in the Bible has been ignored, not heard, or rejected by those to whom it is given. People today hear so much, and so much of what they listen to is trash.
Many listen to talk show hosts, or hostesses, more than they listen to the Lord, the minister of their church, and their Bible teachers combined each week. Their minds are "waxed gross", i.e. "made fat" with these teachings, ideas, and lies of the devil. When the truth is spoken by the Lord, through the Word, or through the prophets of God, or through the Spirit, the voice is not heard.
Isaiah spoke a word from God that is often quoted thereafter, for it has always been truth.
"And He said, Go and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and be healed."
Jesus validated this message given through Isaiah. Jesus quoted it and applied it to the people of His day.
"Therefore, I speak to them in parables, because they - seeing, see not, and hearing - hear not. Neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, who saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand, and seeing, ye shall see, and shall not perceive. For this people's heart is waxed gross (Greek = pachuno = make fat, stupid, insensible), and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time, they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears for they hear. For verily, I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them."
The disciples were warned often that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to be betrayed, crucified, and would then rise again the third day. Yet, they could not understand what the Lord was telling them. They heard the message, but did not perceive what was being told to them. Their minds were too full of the false expectations of a Messiah. They wanted Christ to overthrow the Romans and begin a new kingdom with Him as King.
When Jesus preached that they would "destroy this temple, and He would raise it up in three days", they heard His message, but thought He meant the earthly Temple structure in Jerusalem. They did not understand that He meant His body.
When Jesus told them that He was the "manna" sent from heaven, and if they wanted eternal life, they must eat of Him, they took Him literally, and many of His disciples left, and never followed Him again. They did not truly "hear" Him. Their ears needed a spiritual Q-tip to clean out the false doctrines, the wrong expectations, and the misconceptions, so they could hear the truth.
Jesus, Moses, and Elijah spoke on the mount of transfiguration about what was about to happen in Jerusalem. Peter, James, and John were there, hearing part of the discussion, but Peter did not truly hear, for he wanted to stay there, build three temples, and let everyone come up there to worship Jesus. Why could he not comprehend the message being spoken? He needed a spiritual Q-tip for his spiritual ears.
The early church also saw this truth of "ears" in need of a Q-tip as vital and necessary to be proclaimed, and given as a warning to the saints.
"For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles and they will hear it..."
If people would hear from the Lord today, if they would listen to the real message of the Spirit today, what would it mean? It would mean that they would be weeping for sins of the world, and not laughing their heads off in services that bring no souls to the Lord. They would be seeking heavenly blessings, and not trying to intimidate God into giving them financial blessings on this earth. They would be exposing the lies of false prophets instead of believing their lies and heresy. They would be searching their hearts for sins, repenting of such, instead of judgmentally and falsely attacking other saints for differences they have. They would not believe the lies of tares and hypocrites against the children of God. They would not be taken in by the false doctrines of the apostate church of today, but be hearing the real message from the Spirit to the churches. They would not believe the lies of abusive saints, and of their enablers, against the victims of spiritual abuse, and against those who have had the spiritual nerve to say the abuse in churches against young saints needs to stop. They would hear the Spirit confirm with spiritual discernment who are the true prophets, and who are the false prophets of our day.
Some have chosen to not hear the Lord and His message. They have rebelled so long that the Lord has given them over to a "spirit of slumber". This spirit is very prevalent in these last days. This demonic spirit of spiritual deafness had attacked and conquered many in the congregations today. They have sat through many prophetic messages and not heard them. They have read the Bible, but not understood what the Spirit is saying. They have ignored the truth, and the Spirit of truth, so long, that He has left, grieved, and vexed. They have heard false and lying accusations against some of God's children, and not understood or accepted what the Lord was speaking. The Lord always defends His own, and if people tune in to hear the Holy Spirit, they will not be fooled by the lies, twisted truths, and perverted slanders of abusive saints, of lying false prophets, and of backslidden members.
THOSE WHO COME HERE TO READ PROVE AT LEAST THAT THEY ARE NOT SOME THAT GOD HAS CHOSEN TO MAKE UNABLE TO HEAR ANYMORE.
Romans 11:8, 11
"According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day. ...I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid, but rather through their full salvation is come unto the Gentiles for to provoke them to jealousy."
In the Old Testament period, the Israelites failed to hear the voice of God, spoken through Moses, spoken through Joshua and Caleb. They were judged for such hardness of heart, such deafness of ears. They listened to Korah, and to sinners who wanted to return to Egypt. They became fat with the words of others. God judged them, cut them off, and grafted in the Gentile church, and now we are being tested to listen to the Lord.
If we fail to hear the Lord, as did Israel, we too can be, and will be cut off. If our hearers seem to not hear, not comprehend, perhaps that is their problem. Perhaps a ‘spirit of slumber’ has been allowed to give them deafness to hear the truth. This period of the church age is nearing the time when some will be cut off. Some have heard the message of the Lord in sermon after sermon. They have read book after book, and have seen and heard the message on the airwaves. Still they have not truly heard the message of the Lord.
Romans 8:17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25
"...if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them... boast not against the branches... because of unbelief they were broken off... if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee... if thou continue in His goodness, otherwise, thou also shalt be cut off... blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in..."
When people refuse, neglect, or shun the truth, they need to accept something. These ones begin to listen to other teachings, perverse doctrines, and heresies. This desire to hear the inconsequential messages is what the Bible calls "itching ears". They refused "sound doctrine", and now are swallowed up into the darkness of false doctrines.
Some may be ‘scoffers’ that come, and do not come to agree, to learn, but to find things to mock. "Itching ears" are those ears that are tired of the sound of truths and desire for something new, even if it is deceitful.
II Timothy 4:3
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears..."
There are so many today who are in a spiritual darkness. They are blind to the truths being revealed by the Spirit today. Truths we find so evident in Scripture, many cannot perceive, remember, or comprehend. The darkness is getting greater and greater.
The FAMINE of hearing has arrived, many are dying spiritually in this famine. Some who refuse to come to this site, are those who are in spiritual famine, who reject Biblical teaching, and are dying of their choice to eat the world’s ideas, and refuse spiritual food.
Amos spoke of a famine to come in the last days, when men would run to and fro about the earth seeking food and water and there would be none, and he spoke of spiritual food and water. Yet, Habakkuk spoke of the same time as being one in which "the knowledge of the Lord would cover the earth as the water cover the sea." Both are true, but the abundance of truth, the abundance of spiritual revelation is being not heard, not seen in our day by many who call themselves "saints".
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for later, but of hearing the words of the Lord. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst..."
There is another group, not in the famine, but being flooded with truth and learning from the Lord. Hopefully, many that come here, do so with eagerness to learn, eagerness to test whatever they find by the Bible and accept what the Holy Spirit is teaching them as they study.
"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."
Are you in the group that is hearing the Spirit and understanding the Lord? Or are you in darkness, fooled by the devil, and blinded by the abundance of trash you have accepted? It is time to evaluate ourselves, and time to understand why some that we know are so blind, deaf, and dumb to the truth. It is time also to evaluate those to whom we teach, preach, and exhort for the Lord. Are they in the ‘famine of hearing’ or in the group getting God’s great Words? Before it is too late, we need to get people to open their minds and ears to the truth. The Lord called out often to the people in that time to those who had ears that would hear. We keep speaking, even if many of our hearers are in the ‘famine’, for there are some who will ‘hear’ and heed God’s Words. In the book of Revelation, the Lord spoke that those who had ears to hear could hear a message from the Holy Spirit. The message is being proclaimed by the Spirit in every church age, and we need to tune in to the true message, and we need to speak it forth.
TO OPEN THE EARS
The phrase "to open the ear..." is used in the Bible. Somehow we need people "to open the ear." This originally meant to uncover the ear by partially removing the turban to allow better hearing. It is often used in a sense of revealing a secret or of giving important information. The Lord can open ears, so that His message can be heard, comprehended, and accepted.
"Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened; "
USE SPIRITUAL Q TIPS
The lies of the world, the perversions of doctrine instigated by the devil, and the misconceptions caused by spiritual ignorance need cleaned out of our minds. It is time to use a spiritual Q-tip on our spiritual ears. We can, and should do this regularly. It means Bible study, and it means tuning into the Holy Spirit and to His message. He is the Spirit of Truth, and He is doing a special work for us in these last days.
Finding saints who have found they need to use a spiritual Q-tip, is not easy. The prophets of the Old Testament time, would go to a hillside at the time of the new moon. Some would gather to come hear the prophet. He would sing and worship for a time, till the anointing came upon him. The people would enjoy the worship time, and then hear the ‘thus saith the Lord’ message at the end. This way, those who wanted to hear came, and those who did not want to hear, could stay at home. Yet, God did not always let the prophet always have the crowd that wanted to hear, for sometimes the prophet was sent to the city, to the people who did not want to hear, and there would preach and prophesy. I
The prayer life of a minister for the Lord is vital. We need to pray for ‘ears to be opened.’ We need to not be afraid to pray for the Lord to give us words, that like a Q tip will ‘prick their hearts,’ as the words of Peter did on the day of Pentecost. Stephen’s words pricked the hearts of some hard hearted pharisees too. We get various reactions when the Q tip removes the obstructions, and again these people hear. They may hate us, they may love us, when their ears finally hear. As with Paul, when he went into a city, he had revival or riot. They were saved, or they sought to beat him, to imprison him, or to kill him. The ministry of God’s Words in these last days will bring reaction too. But, preach, teach, exhort and proclaim, and pray that God will give words that will be a Q tip to their ears, and allow them to awaken out of the ‘spirit of slumber.’