JERUSALEM! A New Song on Psalm 137 by Kathleen Vick.
In today's flabby Christian culture, there are many grievous misunderstandings concerning most everything taught in Scripture - from the nature of God to the nature of man, from the nature of sin to the nature of salvation. The true religion of the Bible has been trodden underfoot by the most vile deceivers and gainsayers in all of history. It's shouted from pulpits and podiums, "GOD WILL BLESS THOSE THAT BLESS ISRAEL!" Church leaders and politicians join hands, calling for us all to obey what they tell us is a Bible mandate.
But what do they mean? What are they really talking about? They mean that we are supposed to bless that tiny little nation over there in the Middle East, where the name of the LORD Jesus Christ is hated and reviled.
HOW? By building more bombs, of course - more drones, more armaments, more stinger missiles and by submitting to more surveillance in our daily lives. We are told that by giving up our Constitutional rights of privacy and the freedom of speech, we will "BLESS ISRAEL". What utter foolishness! What criminal nonsense! What profound blasphemy against our Holy God and His Word.
The truth is, there's a propaganda racket going on. The enemy of God is at work in this world lying to sinful people who love lies. The whole world is being manipulated by devils who pose as political and religious leaders, who are building a global war machine of death and destruction that will exceed anything ever before seen on the earth.
BUT KNOW THIS! God is speaking about another Israel and another Jerusalem in Psalm 137. There are only two nations known to God. One is a nation called, "the kingdom of this world", inhabited by the unregenerate who are ruled over by Satan. The other is "the Kingdom of God", where sinners washed in blood worship their great God and King, the LORD Jesus Christ. The Israelites who dwell in this nation are chosen by God before all time to be redeemed from death and sin by the blood of the Son of God. This is the true, "Israel of God".
Oh, lovely thought! ALL TRUE BELIEVERS ARE THE ISRAEL OF GOD! True believers are the Hebrews of this world (Galatians 3:22) in captivity here on earth, here in Babylon. Although we are a free people in our souls through the substitutionary death of our LORD Jesus Christ, we are in bondage in our bodies, oppressed by our sin nature and by others who do not know God. By grace, we look away to Mount Zion above.
By faith, we take hold of the Song of Zion, who is the LORD Jesus Christ. And one day soon, our God will set us free from this captivity and will be free in our eternal home.
In heaven, we will not only be free from our flesh, but we will be free from the taunts of the proud Babylonians all around us, who flaunt their holiness according to their own works and have no need of the cleansing, atoning blood of the LORD Jesus Christ.
You see, Babylon is ALL FALSE RELIGION, that is, any religion that presents man's work, man's ability to keep the law or man's goodness as the basis for man's salvation. Any religion that endeavors to take hold of glory, honor and praise for man without the LORD Jesus Christ is false religion.
All devotees of false religion oppose God in Christ and hate the true believer., for Christ indwells each redeemed soul, and His presence in us irritates and enrages all Babylonians.
We tell of our LORD and point out the glorious attributes of our LORD Jesus Christ, but who will hear? Isaiah the prophet asked, "Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the Arm of the LORD revealed?" ANSWER: God reveals Himself to His Own, to Jacob's chosen race. These blessed souls learn and speak the language of Jerusalem. No one understands us except other redeemed souls. We are in distress here on earth, for we are so few and we are scattered throughout the kingdom of Babylon.
Child of God, as you face each temptation in Babylon, remember that there is a day coming when Babylon will be utterly destroyed. All false religion, all will-worship religion, all men who approach God in the filth of their sin without the cleansing blood of the Everlasting Covenant, will be judged and cast into hell forevermore. In that blessed day (O my soul, take heed!), the lovely heavenly city of Jerusalem will sing with shouts of joy to their great God and King, Jesus Christ the Righteous, Who Himself is the Song of Zion!
Want to know more? Please listen to a sermon by Pastor Allan Jellett - "HAPPY ISRAEL OF GOD".http://www.sermonaudio.com/...