Going Out to Meet the Bridegroom - with Excuses and Corban

Greetings from Shelby, Alabama! Praise the Lord for all that He is working at this very late hour! He has given us wisdom, weeks and months ago, that has been instrumental to rising up and shining bright at this late hour! We warned you, that come mid-March, the general (largely American) person would START to panic. And right on time, that happened. We maintain that the beginning of April, to mid-April, you will start to see shortages (not from panic buying, but from lack of inventory). This includes many consumer goods and essential medicines.

The Lord also gave us wisdom about prudently using the prime time to sell off discretionary items, to enable cash in hand for ministry applications: laying up treasure in heaven. Now, come mid-March, many people are reserving their discretionary income for toilet paper, disinfectant, and foodstuffs. It is harder to sell discretionary items now.

Friend, we are quickly, quickly running out of time. The Lord gave us this wisdom so that we will redeem the time, not line our nests. We are still in the days of Noah and Lot, because people still have the naive notion that the flu threat will eventually go away, and life will go back to normal. People are still making long-term plans, buying and selling (like crazy!), making summer plans, etc. But, as we've covered before, the music has already stopped; and the world is about to drastically change. Something on the level of the dollar collapse would be close to the days of Noah and Lot ending...

Right now, the Lord has me super, super busy working on the Patient Wing upgrade, so I don't have time or energy to go into the exponential cascading failures that we see in society and the world; we've covered that already and the overwhelming response was that the coverage was not important or of real value. So instead of spending several days making another video, I'm devoting all of my time to getting the Patient Wing usable again. This is the need of the hour, that the Lord has given me incredible urgency for.

Friend, here at this late hour, keep your watchmen in prayer and deed. Many of them have repeatedly asked their community to feed the ox that treads out the corn over the months and years, and have received not even a cup of cold water from the overwhelming majority of people that they have dedicated hundreds and thousands of hours of their lives to. And yet at this late hour everyone has money for toilet paper, Lysol, and food. And yet the ox was never fed.

Praise the Lord for the 1-2% of our regular viewers who have supported myself and this ministry over the years; and especially with a heart toward what the Lord is working at this late hour. I am saddened, however, that the overwhelming majority knowingly chooses to muzzle their ox instead of feeding them.

This week I have repeatedly thought about how Elijah asked the widow woman merely for a cup of cold water (I Kings 17:1-15) and something to eat. It was because of her faithfulness in the least things (a cup of water, v.10) that God miraculously provided for her material needs with the barrel of meal - for the entire remaining time of the drought.

Friend, let me be blunt but brief: if a watchman has previously asked you for a mere cup of cold water and something to eat, and you instead knowingly and presumptuously ignore the request and try to stockpile your barrel of meal, you will find that God's blessing is not there.

At this late hour, there are many who think that they can rob Peter to pay Paul (by taking the food from the oxen, and using it as 'food for those left behind' preps) - and they think that God will bless that. No; that money and supplies has become Corban (Mark 7:9-13).

"And he [Jesus] said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye."

Christ was absolutely disgusted with how the Pharisees had 'religious' excuses to do wrong to others. An adult son was obligated to care for his parents, feed and provide for them. Yet the religious hypocrites made up an excuse that if you called that money "Corban" (a gift or offering) - to be given to the temple - then it was "OK" to neglect your obligation to your parents. And it was "allowed" under the guise of a religious excuse; yet Christ was thoroughly disgusted with their disregard of His Word.

Friend, I have been in different types of teaching ministry for over twenty years. I am greatly saddened by the multitude of 'religious' excuses that so-called Christians use to sooth their conscience and do great harm to their brethren. Indeed, it is a horror to see such prolific and nonchalant excuses used, even though Christ, Himself, warned three times about how we treat our fellow servants RIGHT BEFORE AND AFTER THE PARABLE OF THE FOOLISH AND WISE VIRGINS (Matt 24-25)!!! Most Christians are not the shining examples that they think they are...

"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

Friend, here at this late hour, it is imperative that our priorities are Christ-centered and Christ-honouring. When we know full-well that God sends messengers, watchmen, and ambassadors across our path - that have treaded out bushels and bushels of corn for us - we must honour them on behalf of the One Who sent them.

Friend, if I did not see this grievous fault so flagrant in Christian circles, and among other watchmen's channels (not just my own channel), then I would not belabor this subject so much; yet it is the tolerated pet sin by hypocrites, replete with 'religious' excuses. If I did not hear it frequently referred to, there would be no need or cause to address it. Yet here we are, nearing the finish line, with so many Christians foolishly checking off everything Christ said not to do.

One of the most odious 'religious' excuses is: "I don't agree with everything they say, so I won't feed them at all." And yet, they will still return to the watchman ox, expecting a full plate of corn served up hot. Using that excuse is only admission of guilt, and will immediately label you a Grade A Hypocrite. God knows how many videos we watch, how many times we keep going back for another plateful. And another. And another. He knows the true value of what we willingly receive - and so do we. Our own conscience will one day give witness against us, that we knew we were indeed receiving value, yet chose to use excuses. Just like the servant who wrapped his assets in a napkin, with an excuse. Which is the parable immediately after the parable of the ten virgins.

Those that try to convince themselves with the excuse of "I don't agree with everything they say, so I won't do anything good for them" - and still continue to expect the ox to serve - COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT of the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37). There is a reason why Christ contrasted an unsaved Samaritan [who had a different religion than the Jews; John 4:22] with two RELIGIOUS Jewish people (a priest and a Levite). BECAUSE THE LOST PERSON HAD MORE DECENCY THAN RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITES!!!!

If Christ were telling that parable in our time, He would have likely used a Muslim instead of a Samaritan, to illustrate the vast ideological and religious differences were no hindrance to being decent, and showing mercy and compassion!! And the kicker is that Jesus told us to be like the unsaved Samaritan, not the pompous, hypocrite religious people!!

"Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise."

Do you remember what hypocritical excuse-seeking attitude triggered Christ to give that parable?

"But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?"

Religious hypocrites will have a 'religious' excuse to sear their conscience over what they should be doing. Yet Christ and Scripture gives us clear examples of what excuses Christ does not want to see in our life - and He definitely doesn't want to hear when we give account to Him one day, for why we did not do the job He gave us to do.

Another excuse, given immediately (Matt 25:24-30) after the parable of the ten virgins, is: "God can supply and work through someone else instead of through me - even though I could." That is dereliction of duty. When God gives us a task and need to apply ourselves to - and it is in the power of our hand to do so - then He will tolerate no excuse for refusing the King's will. Many Christians try to sooth their conscience by claiming that they will be fine in heaven without rewards. But the servant who wrapped his talent in a napkin did not lose just rewards; he lost his job. Christ warned us to give heed that we do not lose our crowns. Religious excuses - by others, or by ourselves - is the quickest way to make that happen.

"And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow." - Luke 19:22

God does not need you or me to accomplish His will and work; He could just wave His hand and make it happen if He wanted to. The servant who wrapped His talent in a napkin thought that would be an excuse out of him having to do what he was responsible to do. Yet his master threw that lousy excuse right back in his face; and it cost that servant everything that he willingly - and knowingly - forfeited with his excuse.

Friend, the hour is too late for excuses. We are expecting to see our Master very soon; and the first order of business will be reviewing what we did or did not do.

"...behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." - Rev 22:12

Christ couched the parable of the wise and foolish virgins within several examples that define what He considers wise or foolish. Let us be found not with excuses, but with our lights burning, our hands and life girded to action, and our lives being the shining examples of what Christ wants us to follow: "Go, and do thou likewise."

May you be found rising up, trimming your lamp - shining brighter so much the more - and drawing nigh to our Bridegroom without excuses: HEARING Him, HEEDING Him, LOVING Him, and SERVING Him - FIRST - AND HIGHEST ABOVE ALL ELSE!!

Brother Daniel




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