“Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, ‘Go up, you bald head! Go up, you bald head!’ So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths” (2 Kings 2:23-24).
When I was younger I used to think that those youths suffered a very harsh punishment just for the crime of mocking an old man. Well as you already know, they suffered very swift and severe consequences for publicly blaspheming God Almighty as represented by His prophet Elisha.
In the verses just prior to the verses quoted above, Elisha made the emphatic statement: “Thus says the Lord,” after he brought healing to the water source of the city of Jericho.
Everyone in ancient Israel knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that the beloved prophet Elisha represented God’s presence on earth at that time. Even the elders and kings would tremble when one of God’s prophets came to visit them:
“And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming” (1 Samuel 16:4a).
The sons of the prophets had just bowed down before Elisha before he cast salt into the waters of Jericho:
“Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, ‘The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.’ And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him” (2 Kings 2:15).
When those youths mocked Elisha they were mocking God Almighty in full view of the public. They committed full public blasphemy against the God of Israel.
Well just fast-forward to today and we all know full well who represents the presence of the God of the Bible on this earth in human form: The members of the true Church who maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ within whom His Holy Spirit dwells.
The world knows full well that all who maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ as their Messiah and Savior are worshiping the true God. If you want to know how you can prove this concept, just look at how many times those who claim to represent the God of the Bible also say that Jesus Christ in the only way to salvation.
Many may quote Bible verses and mention the Name of Jesus here and there but if they don’t unashamedly and proudly declare that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), then they are false teachers, preachers, and politicians.
They condemn themselves as false because they claim to represent the God of the Bible while at the same time they deny Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the only way to salvation.
That means that the voices of those who stand alone against the vile immorality of this country while maintaining their testimony of Jesus represent the voice of God Almighty Himself. The atheists, the gays, and all the liberals know that we who stand alone on the Word of God represent the real Creator God. The White House and the Supreme Court know it, too.
When they openly and publicly condemn and mock the true Church, they are in full knowledge that they are publicly mocking God to His face.
The farther mankind moves away from respect of the morality of the Word of God, the closer they move toward fitting the description of Romans chapter 1.
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:26-28).
And they are also moving closer toward the judgment that is also described in Romans Chapter 1:8 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”
Just like Elisha, we who are few in number but yet speak out for the truth of God and the Bible against infanticide, against sodomy, and in full support of the nation of Israel say a collective: “Thus says the Lord.”
In light of the “decisions” of the week of June 26th, 2015, and in light of God’s track record of not letting those who openly blaspheme His Word go unpunished, I’m convinced that an exceedingly great shaking is about to tremble not only across America, but also across the entire planet.
I pray that the Father has compassion and mercy on those of us left who still maintain our testimony of His beloved Son Jesus Christ as our Savior. May we humbly let our lights shine before men until we are taken home.