Are you a Marked Man?

Below is a terrific article entitled “Discerning X-Men” posted by the folks over at Apprising.org.  If you are bothered by what you see in modern churches, you need to read this.  If you are puzzled as to why people are bothered by what they see in modern churches, you need to read this.  If you frown on websites that call preachers and teachers to accountability and scrutinize their messages, you need to read this. 

Marked for life: discernment ministry in light of Ezekiel 9:1-11.

Someone once said that sin is as much breaking God’s heart as it is His Law. When God looked down on the perversity of the people on earth before the Deluge, it was recorded that He “was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:6b). When confronted by resident wickedness both without and within the professing church, Christians can manifest one of three reactions: approval (1 Corinthians 5:2), indifference (Zephaniah 1:12), or disapproval as indicated by the presence of either anger (Psalm 119:53) or grief (Psalm 119:136). So the question becomes, as we see the worldliness-wickedness invading the church, how do we feel about it? Are we agitated by, indifferent to, or accommodating of it?

Not unlike the society and church of our times, during Ezekiel’s ministry Judah found herself in a moral and spiritual “melt down.” Fraud, violence, adultery, and idolatry were running rampant amongst God’s chosen people. Idols had been set up in the Temple (Ezekiel 8:17; 9:9). From his location in Babylon, the Lord took Ezekiel on a virtual reality tour of the Temple, the place where on the Mercy Seat beneath the Cherubim, God’s Shekinah glory was to have been seated (Ezekiel 8:4). What he saw in that place of worship stunned the prophet. On his guided tour of the inner court, the Lord showed the prophet where first the people had substituted an idol image for Yahweh; where second, the elders worshiped animals; where third, the women sobbed over the death of Tammuz, a mythological fertility god who had married the Egyptian goddess Ishtar; and where fourth, the priests worshiped the sun (Ezekiel 8:5-18). Up-close and personal, the prophet saw how the nation had abominated into apostasy, how Israel had turned from worshiping the Creator to idolizing the creation and its creatures (See Romans 1:21-23).

Yet in the midst of all those “alternative spiritualities,” and like the remnant of Elijah’s day who refused to bow their knee to Baal and kiss the idol god (1 Kings 19:18), some believers preserved themselves to be holy unto the Lord. So the Lord instructed the angel dressed in white to mark an “X” on the foreheads of the faithful, a mark that would spare them from the coming divine judgment (circa 600 BC).[1] Most have heard about “the mark of the beast”, the mark the deceived will receive at the end of the age, an identity without which they will neither be able to buy or sell (Revelation 14:9-12). The prophet Ezekiel wrote about a different mark, an “X” that was to be written on the foreheads of those in Judah who had refused to go along with the popular spiritual trends of that day.

Continued…. To go over to the Apprising website and read the article in its’ entirety, click HERE.

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2 Comments on “Are you a Marked Man?”

  1. revivalandreformation Says:

    Sure been feeling like a marked man lately, that’s for sure. It seems like the closer we inch to eternity, the hotter the enemy is getting. Soon Christianity (main stream) will become chic and cool, and we as the true remnant will be forced underground. God moves His chess pieces around as He chooses and we will all follow His pre-ordained story. Praise God, wouldn’t have it any other way.

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    • ChurchSalt.com Says:

      You say, “wouldn’t have it any other way”…and there is the difference. Those marked by God seek His will, and willingly walk the path He has set before them. Yes, sometimes we hack through the barriers of our conscience and try to build our own paths, or wander down false paths built to trick us. But always we hear the Shepherd’s voice calling us back and those that truly belong to Him respond. His will, not ours is the concern of the redeemed and indeed is one comforting proof of redemption.

      I agree with your outlook as well. The heat will be turned up very soon, and the dross will bubble to the surface. Painful, but exciting times are coming!

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