What Have We Done With Nathan?

“See that you do not refuse Him Who speaks…” (Hebrews 12:25)

Beginning with the Bridegroom fast, (June 6, 7 & 8) the Lord has put an unusual sobriety upon our little house. I’ve not spent so much time on my face since last summer when the Lord led us to pray through Jeremiah. I am accustomed to praying, “Father, give us ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us.” For the past ten days I’ve been praying, “Father, give Your people a ‘WILL’ to hear what the Spirit saying to us.”

This is what I am hearing Him say: Our evangelical family has wielded violence against our nation. Violence will be wielded against us. We’ve been pregnant with “revival”. How shall we give birth if we choose to abort the prophetic Word of the Lord? We’ve brought violence into our house and wielded it against our nation. We’ve attached false prophecy to our hearts while violently resisting the Lord’s many prophetic warnings; stoning both His kind and stern judgments. We’ve refused to repent of it. We smolder with a spirit of rebellion within His courts. Now the fruit of our labor is lost; now we bring holy violence upon ourselves and our nation.

“23 The land is full of murder and the city is full of violence. 24 …I will put an end to the arrogance of the strong, and their sanctuaries will be desecrated. 25 Terror is coming! They will seek peace, but find none. 26 Disaster after disaster will come, and one rumor after another. They will seek a vision from a prophet; priestly instruction will disappear, along with counsel from the elders. 27 The king will mourn and the prince will be clothed with shuddering; the hands of the people of the land will tremble. Based on their behavior I will deal with them, and by their standard of justice I will judge them. Then they will know that I am the Lord!” (Ezekiel 7:23-27)

Just like the church in Laodicea, we’ve grown so dull to the Spirit of the Lord, we cannot even perceive a severe judgment like this; a pronouncement that all heaven is acutely aware of.

“18…anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” (Revelation 3:18-19)

If we did understand it, a great sound of weeping and lament would overtake everyone of our conferences, our social media accounts, our gatherings and prayers. Our silence, testifies to our numb spirit.

How ironic (not) that the word “abortion” would come to us, as we await the Supreme Court decision re: Roe vs. Wade.

We’re upon an hour when the Lord is saying, “I would have given you revival. Now I will only give you the fear of the Lord – but only to those who ask. Those who will not ask; will be the godless. They will be swept away by delusions and violence.”

“2 Do not envy evil people, do not desire to be with them; for their hearts contemplate violence, and their lips speak harm.” (Proverbs 24:2)

There will still be churches that exhibit popularity. But if they have no humility, no contrition, no repentance and no fear of the Lord do not to envy them. The foundation of their fellowship is like a poison.

Humility, contrition, and repentance in the fear of the Lord.
Humility, contrition, and repentance in the fear of the Lord.
Humility, contrition, and repentance in the fear of the Lord.

I say this with no pride. I know dozens of evangelical friends and groups who were at the capital January 6 (some for the third time in 4 months) at the behest of notorious prophetic voices – praying, jeering Vice-President Pence, hoisting “Stop the Steal” banners, proudly defending President Trump’s bid to overturn the Senate’s ratification and the 2020 election…

January 6 was our gathering; our spirit; our protest; our cause; our festival. The fact that we bear the same hostile arguments in our soul 18 months later testifies to our own condemnation. The fact that we cannot recognize that it’s our spirit that’s on trial signifies the depth of our blindness.

Beloved. The Lord is aiming this arrow squarely into the heart of our American evangelical family. We have run out of time to put our false narratives, and false prophecies on the threshing floor. 

The utter silence of American evangelicalism re: January 6 and the season surrounding it is nothing less than massive denial and – I might even say “cult collusion” – to keep ourselves from bringing our sins to the blood of the Lord. The absence of our humility, contrition and lament before the Holy God, our fanatical attempts to sweep these strong delusions under the rug, and our utter disregard for repentance and the crucifixion of our self cries out to heaven to our shame.

“14 Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not uncovered your iniquity, to bring back your captives, but have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions.” (Lamentations 2:14)

“You cry for Me to bring revival to your nation, and yet you do not cry to Me over your sins and your violence against your nation.”

In the heavens we’re accruing a violent whirlwind.

“18 For who has stood in the counsel of the Lord, and has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it? 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord has gone forth in fury – A violent whirlwind! It will fall violently on the head of the wicked. 20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly. 21 “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. 22 But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.” (Jeremiah 23:18-22)

Even as I am writing this, in the middle of the night, a violent wind has come into the courtyard of our house of prayer. I can hear it thrashing the trees and vehemently clanging our heavy chimes.

“3 You refuse to believe a day of disaster will come, and you establish a reign of violence.” (Amos 6:3)

The judgment of the Lord has come to American evangelicalism in the very same way that the prophet Nathan came to David in (2 Samuel 12). The prophet’s words to the king have parallel application to our own house in America…

7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! (This indictment is directed at you!) Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! 9 Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. 10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’ ”13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.” 15 Then Nathan departed to his house.

The enormous difference between the (2 Samuel 12) narrative and our own is two-fold:
1.) Unlike David, our American evangelical family is turning Nathan away. We don’t even care to hear his words.
2.) We’re not turning Nathan (what God intended to be a “gift”) away – we’ve been turning His Son away. It’s to this reality that the Lord speaks the following parable from (Matthew 21) 

“33 Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. 34 Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. 35 And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. 37 Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” 41 They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” 42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’? 43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. 44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” 45 Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them.”

Here’s the question before us: If we, unlike David, turn Nathan away, and we do not even have the awareness of the chief priests and Pharisees, what should be our outcome?

I will tell you what will happen. We will experience no revival, and violence against us will continue to increase, and we will see this as a hostile threat against the Lord from the outside, rather than a judgment FROM the Lord upon His own household. (1 Peter 4:17) Indeed, we are already arming ourselves under the guise of protecting ourselves with the second amendment. We are clothing ourselves with more violence. And just like the people in Jeremiah’s day, we will take up arms against this Word of the Lord and we will fail; we will fall; we will both lose the promise of the “land”, and we will be ground to powder. (Matthew 21:44)

For the last two weeks, (even before we had a sense of the Lord’s heaviness) our house of prayer has been praying from Hebrews 12.

“25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. 26 For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven” (Hebrews 12:25-26)

We’ve been undone by the holiness of the Lord in Hebrews 12:18-24; receiving revelation of Who and where we’ve been called… the holiness of His summons.. the utter abnegation of self… the abandonment to trust the cross and the way of the cross – or not… I’ve even heard the Lord whispering “the way of the cross or the way of satan..” from (Matthew 16:21-27).

“21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

It is significant that in (v.27) Jesus speaks about His return, right after He gives one of His most ardent calls to the crucified life. What seems arbitrary – and perhaps a little disconnected from the rest of the narrative is actually prophetic, in that Jesus is saying He WILL have a Bride who is equally yoked to the cross with Him… Our crucifixion is where our covenant in Christ has always been intended to go. Anything less, anything divergent, no matter how “good” it appears is of “satan”…

I believe we’ll look back through the lens of heaven and see what a disastrous choice we (American evangelicalism) have made in this hour. No less than Moses striking the rock in hostility.

“12 the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Since you did not trust in Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, for that reason you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” (Numbers 20:12)

This is a deeply holy moment to the Lord… we’ve crossed into a new realm in the spirit.

He is holy. All His judgments are just and true and righteous.
7 “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.” (Revelation 16:7)

While I will celebrate every church that wins the lost, and every soul that is baptized into Christ – how do we continue to plead for revival for our nation? To do so is to ignore Nathan and ply the kingdom on our terms – without the company of the King. To do so would be to join Peter’s objection at Caesarea Philippi. It would be to say, “We want a kingdom of insurrection, where we can live before God dishonestly; without accountability to His leadership.”

This is how I am praying for us as a people: I’m praying for the fear of the Lord to be upon us.

Perhaps we can still give the next generation a pattern of how to respond with humility to the One Who is entirely holy and sovereign. Whatever our hope, it will only be found in “selflessness”.

Humility, contrition, and repentance in the fear of the Lord.
Humility, contrition, and repentance in the fear of the Lord.
Humility, contrition, and repentance in the fear of the Lord.

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JSB • June, 17, 2022

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